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)
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
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