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The Art of South India: Tamil Nadu & Kerala

K.V. Soundara Rajan (Author)
Synopsis Recent Studies in Indian art have amply established the regional character of the style as well as model in architecture. The pan-Indian art history provided the framework within which spectacular centres of religious art and architecture had been nurtured by a galaxy of royal and lay promoters. Of these, by common consent, Tamil Nadu and Kerala form a perennial source of attraction for scholars and connoisseurs the world over. The present book seeks to correlate the art growth of this region with the socio-political history, to bring out the impacts, movements and epicentres, and it is perhaps the first attempt for this region in his direction. Against the evolving art-matrix of the region, the book lays out the vista and mannerisms of temple arts, under five sections dealing with history, socio-cultural status, forms, canons and cults, striving to emphasise the cultural growth of the region as a variant harmonised with the national ethos, in spirit and in art. The advent of canonical art norms as an essential sequel to the early pervasive acculturation with south bound northern cultural stream mingled with the individuality of the regional art; itself a by-product of geography, raw materials and an indigenous outlook, producing a fabric of integrated texture. An easy running account of the mainstream of the regional art of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which meanders through many signal and visually satisfying landmarks on its course, is the key feature of the book. The art developments from the early historic to the later medieval times are woven into a unified scheme, illustrated, with charts, drawings and photographs, coverage culptural art, bronzes and murals as well as the basic manifestations of the structural architecture of the region.
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K.V. Soundara Rajan

K.V. Soundara Rajan (b. 1952) who additionaol Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, needs no introduction to scholars and academics in art, archaeology and architecture, in India and outside. His contributions to Indian Culture have the mark of secular values, being related to not only Hinduism and its allied facets of Buddhism and Jainism but also to the creative art productions of Islam in architecture. Trained by Mortimer Wheeler and F.E. Zeuner in field archaeology and Prehistoric studies, in which career he has excavated several sites of varying nature in different parts of India, from the Harappan, through the Megalithic to Indo-Roman centres, it is his primary grounding in Sanskrit and its ancient legacy that made him a legitimatae and effective practitioner in interpretative thrusts in both archaeological and traditional studies in an integrative manner. He has a score of books and hundreds of research articles in his name and had, besides being an alumnus of Allahabad University, been the chairperson of several learned societies traveled in the Old world and the New, having lectured and studied their monuments and museums and is respected for his fluent exposition of our cultural heritage. His ‘Essence of Hinduism’ with its succedding Dictionary Volumes of Hindu usages, is perhaps the creation closest to his heart as the quintessential presentation of our cultural legacy. His abiding interests include also Classical music and the Stage.

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Title The Art of South India: Tamil Nadu & Kerala
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1978
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
length xix+272p., 18 Figures; 50 Plates; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.