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Tamil valor has been sung from time immemorial…stabbing from behind is considered to be the most demeaning act, similarly taking a hit in the back ( kind of give away that you turned and ran away from battle)…it’s a clear clue about the scene.

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Lets analyse the main characters in more detail…

The man in front is a brave tamil warrior….he sports a traditional tamil hairstyle, the dhoti and the upturned mustache…look at his ornaments…chains, ear rings and anklets…and the radiant bravery in his face inspiring generations..

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The lady on top is every more beautiful.. She carries an entire jewelery store on her, resplendent in all her glory. The minutest details being sculpted….the chains, the bangles, anklets…..a a bewitching smile to top it all.

Thus against this if we compare the back stabber (!) you can see the differentiation in the clothing…a long sleeve shirt, track pants ( his assistant too)…and the down turned mustache….maybe this depicts the sack of sri rangam during the raid of malik Kafur ( 1314 AD)

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But still not able to figure out the canopy which the lady is holding ….its got two parrots on each side,

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similar depictions have been identified as a gypsy women ….you can see a similar pillar sculpture at another locations ( sans the parrots)…

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but for a gypsy to sport such a stack of jewellary is indeed amazing, for these days they are reduced to parading bead chains … Maybe she was an imporant character…there are varying accounts of a temple dancer who sacrificed her life for to safeguard the temple during Malik’s assault….pillars do speak !! Don’t they?

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rhoda alex
  1  

oh yes..pillars do speak a lot…nice observation on the moustaches…the down-turned one and the upturned one!
Kattabomban had an upturned one in real life..however the movie depiction by Shivaji is a down-turned one!! Why ?
the canopy - was it the umbrella of those times? easily fold-able? interesting!

May 18th, 2010 at 10:00
Pradeep Chakravarthy
  2  

usual theory is of a Kuravan capturing a princess and a Kurathi a prince…

February 7th, 2011 at 12:54
Ramjee
  3  

The girl on the shoulders was supposedly a Princess and her skirt is fluttering over… :)

That’s the story I heard at Krishnapuram, @ Nellai :)

November 9th, 2012 at 20:44

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