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The previous post on the chola bronze in the Singapore museum, evinced lot of interest. Lots of freinds were eager to know about how the statue got there etc. Its true that most Museums around the globe have chola bronzes in their collections. Its a tribute to the master craftsmen for their endurance and also to many devoted people who helped to hide, bury these beauties deep into the ground ( there is a prescribed manner how this is to be done, during bad times)

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Lots of times, these masterpieces take the wrong routes ending up in private collections and exhibits, the most famous one being the London Natraja case, where Dr. Nagaswamy expertly argued the case, stunning the world with his knowledge of chola bronzes and ensuring that the statue returned to home soil

Bio Data of Dr. Nagaswamy with the London Nataraja case:

OK, all that is fine, but what are we doing to the many splendid works of art that languish in India. Many are in dark cellars inside our museums, as hardly anyone visits them anymore, except the tourist and one off school educational tours. Much less can be said about them in their original residences. These are from xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx temple , pictures from Sri. Chandra of REACH Foundation:

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shiva bronze.jpg

The great poet Bharathi, immortalised by his divine compositions wrote thus…

O! Sivasakthi, the supreme creator of the Universe
You made me with sharp intellect and charm
But then, will you keep me in helpless poverty?
Will anybody throw a beautiful harp out on the street?

( tks to Dr Kannan of Min tamil for the extempore translation)

How true !!

Two amazingly beautiful 13th C chola bronzes, an impeccable Nataraja - who is all movement, grace - for he is Lord of destruction, but does it warrant keeping him amidst all this filth. The next is a sublime Shiva, if the previous form was all fluid motion, this is calm benevolence. Both left to contemplate on their plight on the ground, with white ants for company.

Do we realise our rich heritage?
( Sadly, the location xxxxxxxxxxxx out for safety reasons)

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நெஞ்சு பொறுக்குதில்லையே, இந்த நிலைகெட்ட மனிதரை நினைந்துவிட்டால்… :(

நம் கலைகளை நாமே அழியவிட்டுக் கொண்டிருக்கிறோமே என்று நினைத்துப் பார்க்கும் போது நெஞ்சு விம்முகிறது அன்பரெ…

October 8th, 2008 at 15:51
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we’ll be happy if a support system prevails to preserve them using collapsible gates and locks in their respective temples. The cleaning groups we run, do clean them periodically with tamarind and also digitize them by photos, otherwise the count may be lost and sculpture thieves may pay paltry sum to the temple watchman and take away our precious art to foreign shores. No surprise when Vijay marked the loaction at our request as ,”xxxx” :( DOnors can come forward to provide security systems for these pricesless art through REACH.

October 9th, 2008 at 14:56
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எங்கள் வேண்டுகோளுக்கு இணங்கி, ஊர் பெயரை குறிப்பிடாமல் இருந்ததற்கு விஜய்க்கு நன்றி. சிலைத் திருடர்கள், ஊடகம், நவீன யுக்திகளைல் கை தேர்ந்தவர்கள்! மறு நாளேஎ சிலைகள் களவு போக நாம் ஏன் வாய்ப்பு ஏற்படுத்திக் கொடுக்க வேண்டும்? ஒரு ஊரில், கோவில் கட்ட நிதி வேண்டி கடிதம் அனுப்பினார்கள். எங்களால் தொழில் நுட்பம் தரமுடியுமே தவிர, தன்னார்வத் தொண்டு நிறுவனம் ஆகையால், பணம் தர முடியாது. மறு முறை அவரை பார்க்கப்போகையில், கோவில் அழகாக எழுப்பியிருந்தார்கள்! ஆனாலும் ரசீது புத்தகத்தை நீட்ட, “என்னய்யா, இன்னும் எதற்கு?’ என்றேன். சாமி சிலை வாங்க! என்றார்! என்னது? ஆம்.இருந்த ‘பழைய’ சாமியை விற்று கோவிலைக் கட்டியிருக்கிறார் இந்த விஷய ஞானமற்ற மூடன்! புது சாமி வாங்கி பூசை போடவே, மீண்டும் வசூல்! என்னத்தைச் சொல்ல?

October 9th, 2008 at 15:12
Kathie
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a sad state of affairs, truly

January 18th, 2012 at 22:07

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