Vanishing Stepwells of India: Talk by Victoria Lautman
6 February 2018
Victoria Lautman is a Chicago-based broadcast journalist, writer, interviewer and lecturer with over 25 years of experience in on all forms of art and culture, including architecture, design, and literature.
On Day 20 of the ‘100 day Challenge to Save the Bawdi’, we invited by author of the book ‘The Vanishing Step Wells of India’, Ms. Victoria Lautman for an on campus talk. Ms. Lautman gave a presentation on the state of stepwells in India, as revealed during her investigation of stepwells in multiple states of India. She discussed the various types of stepwells that she came across and the relationship that the communities around share with these water structures. Ms. Lautman urged the audience to bring focus on these unique and neglected water structures and value these as a part of our heritage instead of letting them disappear. The last stepwell in her book is the Badshahpur Bawdi, as one of the late examples of the typology. Her talk was followed by a presentation on the challenges faced by the Badshahpur Bawdi. Ms. Lautman pledged her support towards the campaign and encouraged the initiative to save the Bawdi.