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Heritage tours get a regional flavour

Heritage tours to sites like Madurai, Thanjavur, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore and other smaller ancient citadels, complete with curated experiences, have become popular in the city, as many people are keen to rediscover their roots.    During his journey in search of authentic south Indian recipes, Rakesh Raghunathan, a culinary researcher who documents food traditions, realised that people wanted a rustic experience. “When I was going through small towns in search of recipes, I...

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From a bygone era

The Brihadeeswara temple built by Raja Raja Chola (985-1014AD) in Thanjavur is one of world’s most famous monuments. Most people believe its claim to fame is its magnificent size and intricate craftsmanship. What is less known is the fact that the temple has the best preserved Chola period murals that date from the time of the construction of the temple. Hidden from view by Nayak paintings that were painted over them in the 17th century, the murals were discovered in the 1930s and since...

On Padam, Javali

At an age when traditional compositions compete with new compositions on the concert platform, padams, to a large extent, and javalis, to a lesser extent, have all but disappeared though they were at one time the cherished pieces of a musician's repertoire. In his recent lecture organised at Carnatica, scholar Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao explained with simplicity and clarity what padams and javalis are. The audience was given a mind boggling list of classifications of the various types of...

Flowering landscapes

The Natrinai is a collection of 400 poems in Tamil that scholars date to the 1 – 3 centuries ACE. It is part of a larger collection called the Sangam literature. The poems are authored by more than a hundred poets, some women and some whose names have not survived. All the poems are organised on the basis of five landscapes that govern the content and metaphor of the verses. The landscapes are – Kurinji (Hills and mountains), Mullai (forests), Marudam (Pastoral fields), Neidhal...

Travelling across time

W ith more than 5,000 entries by around 100 scholars aided by more than 250 musicians, the Sangit Mahabarati is a magnificent tome — actually three tomes that has everything that is worth knowing about Indian music — classical and folk, Hindustani and Carnatic. The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India in three volumes, is a must-have for those seriously interested in any aspect of music. At Rs. 9,950, it does not come cheap, but chronicling a more than 2000-year-old tradition...

Symbol of royal authority

A s any courting couple today chooses their favourite spots to meet, temples and art galleries will possibly be at the bottom of the list. This was however not the case back in the second and third centuries ACE as one can see in the Paripadal. A detailed description in part 19 talks of the lovers climbing up the Thiruparankunram hill and the lover explaining in detail the paintings there to his beloved. The text even lists the paintings that include predictably the God and Goddess of love! The...

Reviving a tradition

Water continues to be a precious resource, and rains just as important for our well-being. Marabu Foundation, based in Thillaisthanam, has since 1989 been supporting the dying practice of Javantharai, a 45-day Kolattam festival, once popular in the villages of central and south Tamil Nadu. The fest is for girls, aged between five and 16. A potter makes a little image of a cow and calf and the customary nine grains are made to sprout. It is for this ‘temporary’ deity that girls...

Keeping traditional style alive

Today, youngsters do not take up the fine arts as a profession and even if a minority do, their preference is western contemporary art. Therefore it is a pleasant surprise to hear that a young artist had been involved in the Thanjavur Tamil University publication (2010) on the Chola murals of the Brihadeswara temple. The work was done by Prof. Chandrasekaran and he was assisted by Elancheziyan. Elancheziyan does not have long hair, pierced ears or the shoulder bag that most artists of today...

Time-tested techniques

Today, youngsters do not take up fine arts as a profession and even if a minority do, their preference is western contemporary art. Therefore it is a pleasant surprise to hear that a young artist had been involved in the Thanjavur Tamil University publication (2010) on the Chola murals of the Brihadeeswara temple. The work was done by Prof. Chandrasekaran and he was assisted by Elanchezhiyan. Elanchezhiyan does not have long hair, pierced ears or the shoulder bag that most artists of today...

His stories were legend

August 16 marked the 47th anniversary of the passing away of a legend who stood tall in concert halls in his time – Harikatha exponent Annasami Bhagavatar. A recipient of the fellowship of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, he was a man worth not only remembering but emulating as well. Harikatha is literally the telling of stories of God. This art of storytelling, mixed with music (and even dance for those who could do it) came to Tamil Nadu from the Maratha kirtankars and was extensively...

Encapsulating the beauty of Rajagopala

(Beginning this week, we travel to four outstanding temples in Tamil Nadu, which are immortalised in songs that are rendered in concerts even today.) Many songs have attained special status just for the way M.S. rendered them. Among the gems is the ‘Viribhoni’ varnam in Bhairavi by Pacchimiriam Adaiyappa. The varnam is a short piece with Muktayi swaram and several rounds of chittaiswarams that capture the essence of the raga. Deceptively simple, they were probably placed in the...

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Eroticism in Temples of Tamilnadu


Eroticism in Temples of Tamilnadu
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