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Decorative Arts of South Indian Temples

M. Adinarayana (Author)
Synopsis The book embodies discussions on the aspects of creative zeal and freedom that the artisans enjoyed while raising magnificient structures and producing fine sculpture in the Andhra - Kalinga region. The state of library that these artists enjoyed is seen on the delineation of certain motifs used to decorate the architectural members of the temples located in the North-coastal Andhra in particular and South India in general. In the light of the fact that most of the books deal only on temple architecture of the North-coastal Andhra, the current work shifts its focus on the decorative element, and aspect hitherto neglected by the scholars. The study encapsules the various elements of figure sculpture and geometrical designs including depiction of Flora and Fauna as found carved on a few temples located at Mukhalingam, Simhachalam and Srikurmam built during the period between the 9th and 13th centuries A.D. Special emphasis was laid on studying the Indian decorative sculptures, birds and animals, architectural designs friezes and scrolls. These sculptures were created simultaneously along with the cult images, divine sculptures and mythological scenes. At the end the book furnishes a very interesting account on the terminology used in the text, along with illustrations, which facilitates the young researches to pursue their endeavours.
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About the author

M. Adinarayana

Born in the year 1955 at Chavatapalen, near Ongole, in Prakasam District in Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Adinarayana has developed a strong feeling and love towards the nature and art, as a result he turned to be a wanderer who toured many places in India, by toot. He did his M.A., in History and another M.A., in Education from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam during the years 1979-81 and 1981-83. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the same University, in the year 1992 for his thesis entitled Decorative Motifs the select temples of Northern Andhra. He won Gold Medal and best thesis award for his outstanding contribution in the field of art history. He has published a book entitled ‘Bhramanu Kanksha’ a traveloque in Telugu in the year 1999 which won him state wide recognition besides literary award. Currently, he is working as associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. He is associated with a good number of academic bodies. At the moment he is busily involved in writing a book on ‘GYPSIES’ the wandering people.

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Bibliographic information

Title Decorative Arts of South Indian Temples
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186050736
length xxii+210p., Maps; 96 Figures; 81 Plates; References; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.