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Garuda in Medieval Art and Mythology

P. Chandramohan (Author)

The work on Garuda, is the only one of its type on a thematic delimitation.  There are several books on the art of India in general, that of South India or as for the matter Tamilnadu.  Few books have a thematic delimitation, e.g. gopuras (J.C. Harle) and temple cars (Raju Kalidos).  Several books on dynastic arts have come out of which the recent one on the Nayakas (R.K.K. Rajarajan) is noted.  C. Sivaramamurti has brought out his magnum opus on Nataraja in Indian and south-east Asian Art.  The present work is on a minor deity, Garuda.  Though Garuda is one among the amsavataras of Visnu, he came to be elevated to a higher level in course of time. The book systematically traces the mythology of Garuda from puranic sources.  An important dimension of the primary sources is that the Tamil ideas from various liturgical texts have been tapped.  There is an exclusive chapter on the various literary works that go after Garuda such as Garudagayatri.  However, the most important contribution is the reflection of Garuda in the plastic and pictorial arts of the Indian subcontinent.  The roots of Garuda in Indian art has been traced and its impression in early medieval art such of Calukya and Pallava examined.  The high-pitch of the Garuda cult is taken down to the Vijayanagara-Nayaka art.  Garuda occupies a status akin to Nandi.  If Nandi is placed in an axial alignment with Siva/Linga, Garuda is assigned the same status in Visnu temples.  Besides he appears on the corners of various talas of the vimanas and gopuras in addition to walls of the temples in Tamilnadu.  The last chapter deals with the images of Garuda in greater Indian art, including countries such as Nepal, Cambodia and Jawa.  The book is a value adding contribution to Indological studies in general and that of Indian art history in particular.

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About the author

P. Chandramohan

Dr. P. Chandramohan hails from an agricultural family in the tiny village of Chellampatti that lies to the west of the Madurai University.  The first to take the doctoral degree in a rustic setting, he did his bachelor’s degree from Vellaichamy Nadar College at Nagamalai Pudukkottai and master’s in the Department of Art History from Madurai Kamaraj University.  He migrated to the Tamil University where he took his M. Phil. And Ph.D. under the inspiring guidance of Prof. Raju Kalidos.  He along with Dr. R.K.K. Rajarajan had done extensive field-work all over South India and has attended several conferences all over the country, particularly the Indian History Congress, Indian Art History Congress, South Indian History Congress and Tamilnadu History Congress.  A first class graduate from the Madurai University, he has won the appreciation of his teachers by his abiding scholastic interest.  After taking his doctorial degree, he served as Research Assistant in a U.G.C.  Major Project that was operating in the Mother Teresa University and was posted in the Tamil University under the co-Director, Prof. Raju Kalidos.  He has a number of articles in his credit in the proceedings of the South Indian History Congress and Tamilnadu History Congress.  A few articles are pending publications in the international journals from Rome and Nepales.  At present, he is Lecturer in History, Government Art College at Mellur (Tamilnadu).

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Bibliographic information

Title Garuda in Medieval Art and Mythology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.09.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788188934522
length xviii+150p., Figures; Plates; Glossary; References; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.