We had seen earlier how profound is the influence of a divine creation on a viewer. The splendor of the masterpiece, transcends time and the joy of the artist’s creation, despite being a thousand years old, continues to pass on from his flesh to stone and from the stone to flesh - of the viewer.


Not many people are lucky enough to be so enormously talented, to be able to give shape to this feeling. It is a void many feel, when one sees pure beauty in front of your eyes, your mind captures it in its eye and your body is overpowered by this dose of sheer exuberance, you are searching for a medium to release this energy. And if you are as talented as my friend Mr Murali, then all the stored responses gushes forth in a spontaneous burst of creativity - adding luster to the creation, a fitting tribute to the masterpiece. Its not often you get a chance to compare two different art forms, products of two different streams of art - spread over a 1000 years, both masters in their craft


Its easy to see why this creation inspired the artist, though the big temple abounds with such brilliant works in stone, the beauty of this creation, leaves you speechless. The Laxmi ( had earlier posted this wrongly as Gyana Saraswati - on further reading notice that this is Laxmi - has two hands and a breast band - whereas Saraswathi is four armed and misses the breast band - apologise to readers) master sculpture of the tanjore big temple. What perfection, the graceful crossed legged seated position, the calm serene face, those arched brows, the benevolent smile, the jeweled crown, the splendid ornaments, the detailing of the garments, Oh - if only i were a chola sculptor i would have felt that my life’s purpose is attained on creating such a masterpiece. So great is this work, imagine to be able to breathe life into stone and create this divine form.

And despite technology bringing you the best in color photography, black and white is the best - the depth that it lends to the finished product is spectacular.


But for the fingers that sketched it on paper, no words suffice, no praise apt. Hats off to you murali and thanks again for sharing your stuff with us. May you continue your quest in art and bring many more such beauties to life

You can view all his beauties here


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கலைஞனின் கண்கள் காணுகின்ற கலைகளிலெல்லாம் கவிதையைக் காணும்
கவிதை, ஓவியம், சிற்பம் போன்ற எல்லாக் கலைக்ளுமே ஒவ்வொரு மனிதனின் உள்ளே ஆழப் புதைந்திருக்கும் இறைவனின் வெளிப்பாடே


September 19th, 2008 at 10:04

had earlier made a mistake in identifying this sculpture as saraswathi - apologies


March 23rd, 2010 at 15:17

Hi sir
This is karthiga ,I am from thanjavur , after reading the novels I was vry proud to be a thanjavuriyen,
Great work u did,
but u are not explain clearly that the sculptures are where in big temple, that means I request can u please mention the place of the sculptures ,then only I can able to find that easily….

January 27th, 2016 at 20:01

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