Cultural Heritage

CAVE PAINTING AT ARMAMALAI – AN UNPROTECTED HISTORIC ROCK ART SITE

Rock art is an excellent example of pre-historic and historic man's creative thinking. It is a book of valuable historic events in the form of pictures. It has little resemblance with the present tribal art styles.  Research in this area is essential for archaeological and ethnological studies. It gives us an idea about the social life of the people who drew these

JAIN VESTIGES RECENTLY DISCOVERED IN TAMILNADU – PART III

Votive Terracotta Plaques

The Tamilnadu State Department of Archaeology has located a few remarkable votive terracotta plaques datable to nearly 2000 years back, bearing the engravings in an archaic Tamil and Ashokan Brahmi characters, in the possession of a Vidwan I. Ramaswamy of Poluvampatti in Coimbatore distr

JAIN VESTIGES RECENTLY DISCOVERED IN TAMILNADU – PART II

Other Jain Sculpture

A stone image is known as Abhinandana, the fourth Tirthankara, has been located at Kurumpundi in Kandarva Kottai Taluk of Pudukkottai District5. He is seated in Ardhapariyanka asana. The Mukkudai (triple umbrella) and the Priyala tree are seen above the head. On either sid

JAIN VESTIGES RECENTLY DISCOVERED IN TAMILNADU – PART I

Tamilnadu is one of the high yielding states of antiquities such as sculptures, bronzes, copper plates, coins etc. Recently, a few Jain images have been discovered from different parts of Tamilnadu dating from 3rd – 4th centuries A.D. to 13th century A.D.

As far as Tamilnadu is concerned, the sp

WASTE MANAGEMENT – A DILEMMA TODAY

“Mother Nature provides for every man’s need but not for every man’s greed” - Mahatma Gandhi.

Woman and her importance in procreation…

Women and the environment are inseparable since time immemorial. Participation

THE DECORATIVE FEMALE FIGURES ON THE WALLS OF THE SUN TEMPLE AT KONARAK: AN APPRAISAL – PART II

There is a headless figure of a drummer playing on her mridanga, placed between her thighs. In the intensely graceful posture of the jewelled feet, the artist skillfully suggests the rhythmic movements of the dance. Another drummer is playing on the drum with both of her hands. The rapt expression of the face is indicated in the delicate cantons of the chee

THE DECORATIVE FEMALE FIGURES ON THE WALLS OF THE SUN TEMPLE AT KONARAK: AN APPRAISAL – PART I

The Sun temple at Konarak, remarkable for its architecture and building techniques, is magnificent for its immortal sculptures of various types. There is a profusion of sculpture on the outer surface of the temple walls, mostly of a high order. The temple, with all its beautiful carvings and symmetry of design, outnumbers and far excels the sculptural activities of

GOLCONDA – THE KINGS AND THEIR CULTURE PART II

With the transformation of the Golconda kingdom into a Moghul protectorate due to the Inkiyat Nama or the Deed of Submission signed under the duress by Abdullah with Shah Jahan, Mughal style gradually pierced into the Golconda paintings and a perceptible impact of the same can be gleaned from the paintings ascribed to and after Abdullah Quli. Consequently, at times

GOLCONDA – THE KINGS AND THEIR CULTURE – PART I

The Shi-ite Qutubshahi Kings of Golconda having their origin in Persia, established their supremacy firmly for hundred and seventy-one years i.e., from 1518-1687 on the Decanis political firmament and actively contributed enormously for the cultural advancement of Golconda (lying in the precincts of the present Telangana in Andhra Pradesh)

SRI LAKSHMI IN AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS – PART II

Lotus

The lotus symbol is Lakshmi's emblem. The lotus represents the water.  As Padma, she is herself the lotus. She is the lady of the lotus and holds lotuses in each of her hands. She is adorned with a lotus garland. The lotus is her seat. The lotuses in various stages of blooming represent the worlds and bein