Thursday, 1 October 2015

PONNIYIN SELVAN MEET AT THANJAVUR PERIYA KOIL ON 27th SEPTEMBER 2015 – CHOZHA PERIOD PAINTINGS IN SIDE SANTHARAM

01, October, 2015.
During Ponniyin Selvan Meet  at Thanjavur Periya Koil, Mr Kudavayil Balasubramaniyan explained us the details of the painting in Santharam area. The paintings are 14 feet high and 10 feet wide. The Nayaks painted new paintings over the Chozha period paintings. The nayak period paintings were removed as a slab and kept at interpretation centre for display by Archeological Survey of India.  After removing the Nayak paintings  were documented by  Thanjavur Tamil University.  The persons responsible are N Thiyagarajan, , Chandru and S Rajavelu of Thanjavur Tamil University. ASI played a main role in removing the Nayaks period paintings.   The original Chozha Period paintings were found out first by S K Govindsamy Pillai of Annamalai University in the year 1930.

The method adopted for painting on the wall is  as follows.  First the surface was cleaned and a thick coat of lime mortar with sand  was applied. A layer of lime alone was applied and made the surface smooth. The drawings were planned in advance  and paintings were  done by many artists before the surface becomes dry, ie the paintings are done when the surface is in wet condition. Naturally available materials like stones, herbs, leaves are used. The colours used are White, black, yellow, Green, Blue and saffron.   

On Monday on the way to Sarasvathy  mahal, I had been to Tamil University. Luckily I got a book which contains the Sri Vimanam santharam Chozha Period drawings/ Paintings. So thought of sharing some of the details with the readers of my blog.

THE ORIGINAL  NAYAKS PERIOD DRAWINGS REMOVED AS SLAB 


THE STORY OF SUNDARAR
The following paintings are the original Chozha period paintings. The first one is Sundaras story where iraivan stopped the marriage in which the details of preparation of food for the marriage, Thiruvennainallur court scene, Sundarar and Cheraman  going to Kailash  and  Shiva and Parvathy  at kailash  were painted nicely.  Sekizhar who had seen this painting or not for writing the periyapuranam. But there is no difference between the story and the painting.  

Sundarar is on the way to kailash and Cheraman Peruman  goes front after he chanted the ‘om Namasivaya’ manthiram in horse’s ears. 

Birds, monkey, snake, owl, Peacock and Pokkanam( Thiruneetru pai) 

  THIRIPURANTHAKAR
Mr kudavayil Balasubramaniyan showed us the anger in his eyes and laughter/ smile on his mouth by closing above the nose and below the nose. 


SRI RAJARAJAN WORSHIPING LORD SHIVA AT CHIDAMBARAM


 Mr Kudavayil Balasubramaniyan commented by showing the dress of the  queens – looks like leggings used by the present youngsters



OTHER PAINTINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ABOVE PAINTINGS

SHIVA AND PARVATHY 

BAIRAVAR
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:--- 

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