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The Legacy of Chitrasutra – Appendix to Seven – Brihadishvara – Part 8

23 Sep

 The Maratha Nayak paintings in Brihadishvara temple

The following is an appendix to Part seven.

1. During the reign of King Vijaya Raghava Nayak (1645-1673), the restoration and improvement works were undertaken in the Brihadishvara temple. Due to constant exposure to smoke and soot from the lamps and burning of camphor in the sanctum over a period of centuries, certain parts of the Chola paintings on the circumambulatory passage walls had been badly damaged. The artists of the Nayak period tried to set it right, as they thought it fit; and decided to replace the old paintings with paintings of their own. They went on to paint their pictures over the thousand year old Chola murals; covering the old murals completely.

The modern day scholars could not help remark that the artists of the Nayaks’ rather ham-handed and overdid their task.

2. The Department of Archaeology, during the 1980s, did a remarkable conservation of the 11th century Chola paintings, by scientific cleaning. And, they at the same time achieved to retain intact the upper layer on which the Nayak paintings were drawn.

3.  The Maratha Nayak paintings (18-19th century) can be seen on the ceiling of the adjoining great-hall (maha-mantapa); on the west and north walls of another pavilion (tiruchchurru-maaligai); as also on the walls of the mantapa in front of the Subramanian shrine.

4. Since the pictures of these beautiful paintings, looking fresh, could not be posted along with the Chola paintings, I am posting a few of them here as an Appendix to the main post. Please look at them.


All pictures are courtesy of internet.

Continued in Part Nine

Paintings on the ceilings of the Sri Pampa Virupaksha temple, Hampi (Vijayanagar )

 

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3 responses to “The Legacy of Chitrasutra – Appendix to Seven – Brihadishvara – Part 8

  1. sreenivasaraos

    March 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    dear sreenivasarao

    your note

    “can be seen on the ceiling of the adjoining great-hall (maha-mantapa); on the west and north walls of another pavilion (tiruchchurru-maaligai); as also on the walls of the mantapa in front of the subramanian shrine.”

    throws light to our ancient art that inspired later european invaders who added their alteration perhaps copying or from those ceiling paintings…

    ether

     
    • sreenivasaraos

      March 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      dear ether, thank you. yes, that could be a possibility; but , each culture provides its own inspirations and aspirations driving the urge for creativity.

      wish you a very happy new year. with best wishes and warm regards for you and your family.

       

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