George Michell trained as an architect in Melbourne, and then obtained a PhD in Indian Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a disstertation on Early Chalukya temple architecture. Since then he has been involved in research at numerous historical sites, including Hampi Vijayanagara, which, together with John M Fritz, he has extensively documented. Michell's recent publications are Mughal Architecture & Gardens (Shoestring, Mumbai), The Great Temple at Thanjavur (Marg, Mumbai) and Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal (Pictor, Mumbai). Helen Philon completed her PhD in Islamic Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a dissertation on the Bahmani architecture of the Deccan. She was founder of the Islamic Department at the Museum Benaki Athens, Greece where she organised a number of exhibitions and publications. She completed her PhD on the religious and royal architecture of the Bahmanis of the Deccan at the School of Oriental and African Studies London. She is editor of Silent Splendour: Palaces of the Deccan (Marg, Mumbai) and author of Gulbarga, Bidar, Bijapur (Pictor, Mumbai). Surendra Kumar studied information technology in Bangalore, and now works part-time as a photographer, specialising in panoramic topographic views. His work has appeared in Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal (Pictor, Mumbai).