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Mahabalipuram: Unfinished Poetry in Stone

S. Swaminathan (Author) Ashok Krishnaswamy (Photography)
Though this book is essentially about Mahabs, it browses through several of the Pallava and Pandya architectures and sculptures scattered all over Tamil Nadu right from Kanchi Kailasanathar, Tanjore Brahadeeswara, Trichy cave temples, to Mamandur cave temples etc. This book also browses through the Pallavas, Pandyas, Mutharaiyars etc who all ruled the southern region of India and gave us all those impeccable pieces of art, architecture and sculptures to us.

What would have been the mentality of the Stapathi (sculptor) while he did masterpieces of Mahabalipuram? Why did Narasimha Varma Pallava start out with the granite? Why this location? How big exactly is the physical area of Mahabalipuram complex? How far and wide did the Pallavas venture? What’s the designers’ perspective, the classisicm, the composition, the styling, the posture, the size and shape? What’s the historical perspective? What else other than bas reliefs and sculptures? What are the various Granthams (Scripts)? What does each and every character in the Great Arjuna/Bhagiratha Tapas Panel say? – Several such questions answered and several more doubts raised.
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About the author

S. Swaminathan

Born in 1953, Dr. S. Swaminathan took his Master Degrees in First Class in History and Tamil literature from the University of Madras. He joined the Epigraphy wing of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1980. Siince then he is working in Dravidian Epigraphy. In 1989 he was awarded Ph.D. degree by the University of Mysore, Mysore, for his thesis entitled “Chola Parantaka I and his times which substantially and his times which substantially represents the present book. Besides this he has published nearly seventy articles in various journals and volumes. He also serves as an editor of the Journal of the Place-Name Society of India and Assistant Secretary of the Epigraphical Society of India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Mahabalipuram: Unfinished Poetry in Stone
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Arkey Graphics
Language: English
isbn 9788191020205
length 258p., Col. Illustrations; 31cm.