History Hour 79 – “Reminiscences on Dr. Gritli Mitterwallner & handing over her historical writings by Mr. Ralph desouza, Chairman of the desouza Group held on Wednesday, 27th November, 2013.

The late Dr. Gritli Edle von Mitterwallner was a renowned German scholar who came to Goa in 1960s and did extensive research on Pre-Portuguese Goan history.

Born on 3rd October 1925 in Friedrichshafen/Bodensee. She did her academic studies at the Munich Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in History of European Art, Indology/Sanskrit, and Archaeology. In 1956, she travelled through India studying the monuments of Buddhist, Hindu and Jaina Art. She did her first excavations and measuring in Goa. In 1963, she was awarded Doctors Degree in Philology, with the later published book Chaul. In 1964, her expedition was in Ratnagiri, Dharwar and Karwar, exploration and survey of Pre-Christian monuments in Goa. Among some of her work on Goa is ‘Rock-cut cave temple of Arvalem, Goa’ (Madhu: Recent Researches in Indian Archaeology and Art History), ‘Sculpture and Architecture of Goa’(Goa Cultural Patterns, 1983), ‘Shrines in Ruins speak of Goa’s History’(Navhind Times (daily), 1965).

Dr. Gritli Edle von Mitterwallner
P.C. ioa.uni-bonn.de

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