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THE STORY OF CIRUTTONDAR IN SCULPTURES – PART II

The above touching story is found sculpted from the south western corner of the mantapa with a few variations.

  1. In the first panel Venkattunangai and Sandananangai are seen cooking food while Ciruttondar serves food to a sanyasin.
  2. Ciruttondar brings another devotee the next day.
  3. Siva comes as Bhaira

THE STORY OF CIRUTTONDAR IN SCULPTURES – PART I

Public have remembered the stories of 63 Saiva Saints either by enacting their life on the stages or by singing the songs while they play kummi and Ammanai. In this respect, the life of Kannappar and Ciruttondar are the best examples.

In addition to this, the royal personages appear to have sculpted the stories of Saiva saints on

THE IMAGE OF THE INDIAN WOMAN IN THE PAINTINGS OF RAVI VARMA

The beginnings of modern art in India coincided with the freedom movement and, more importantly, the various social movements. From being a colonial import, the idea of modernity was accommodated within the agenda of Indian nationalism. It was the beginning of the movement to improve the status of Indian women, to liberate them from social evils like widowhood and s

LAMENT FOR A LOST CITY – PART II

In 1774, by the terms of Pitt’s India Act, Madras was made subordinate to Calcutta. The growing importance of the latter meant the growth of Madras slowed down. In the 19th century, Mark Twain visited Madras and said:

Clive kissed me on the mouth and eyes and brow, Wonderful kisses, so that I became Crown

LAMENT FOR A LOST CITY – PART I

August, the foundation month of Madras, is a time for reminiscing about the beauty that can no longer be found in Chennai.

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AADI PERUKKU CELEBRATION IN TANJORE DISTRICT

The month of Aadi is auspicious for Tamil Goddesses. Aadi perukku is a festival to mark the extra flow in river Cauvery after a dry summer season. It is a celebration of thanking and welcoming Mother Cauvery to the home. Aadi perukku falls on the 18th day of the month of Aadi. People living on the banks of the river Cauve

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