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Its been an amazing journey taking our readers through the last couple of posts, as we are treated to ring side seats to this delightful recreation of a lost pallava painting, from the Kanchi Kailasantha temple of Sri Rajasimha Pallava ( 700 CE !!), moving with the artist stage by stage.

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We had started of by blocking in most of what we could salvage from the surviving pieces and started working on filling the finer details. The main hero of this panel comes up now. Shiva.

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Next Umai, takes form.

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Working on the divine mother a bit more. We notice that she is wearing a thin yellowish blouse or has applied turmeric on her upper torso.

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The coloring starts now, with very light skin tones.

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Shiva gets his color including his famous Neelakanta !

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Umai matches her beloved now.

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umais enhanced figure

Lets see how they both pair up.

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Its coming up quite well. lets add more color and fill in the details of Shiva’s Keyuras ( arm bands)

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The bottom ganas and stands get colored up.

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and as we approach the final stages of the composition, time for a quick stock taking. Have we missed any detail.

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We forgot to correct the hands of Brahma, to be in the anjali pose.

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This is where we go back to the origins of this study on Somaskanda evolution - the 1971 article of Dr Gift Siromoney.

http://www.cmi.ac.in/gift/Archeaology/arch_somaskanda.htm

“Of Siva’s four arms, his lower right arm is extended horizontally to the side with his hand in the position of holding something, such as a flower, though no object is actually shown. With his upper right hand he holds a snake by its tail. His lower left hand is in the ardha-dhyana mudra. His upper left hand is near his shoulder as though holding a rosary or akshamala. Siva’s left leg is down.”

This is ofcourse his reference to the early pre Rajasimha Style somaskanda sculptures. But there is no reference to the snake in the Rajasimha style Somaskanda. But his pointer made us search for the snake in more detail.

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Do we see something in the lower right hand?

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Do you see the raised hood of a beautiful Cobra. We incorporate it into ours.

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and without further delay, with many thanks to the artist Mrs. Subhashini Balasubramanian and our young photographer jagadeesh, we have our recreation of the 8th Century lost wonder.

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We hope you all enjoyed this attempt ( any mistakes are purely unintentional and we are open to comments)

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33 Comments so far

V.Jeevananthan
  1  

Great attempt by the team!!!!

October 5th, 2010 at 10:22
Parvadha Vardhini
  2  

ஆஹா! உண்மையிலேயே தாங்களும் திருமதி சுபாஷினி அவர்களும் பல்லவர் கால ஓவியத்திற்கு உயிரளித்து விட்டீர்கள். ஓவியத்திலிருந்து கண்களை விலக்க முடியவில்லை, அத்துணை அழகு! மிக உயர்ந்த முயற்சி, அருமையான பலன்! மிக்க நன்றி.

October 5th, 2010 at 10:33
Mouli
  3  

Wonderful work Vijay and Team.
Kudos!!!

October 5th, 2010 at 11:01
  4  

the way you guys have been re-creating the painting has been absolutely fascinating! and the final result is just too awesome!

October 5th, 2010 at 12:21
anandhinatarajan
  5  

awesome!awesome! thanks to vijay and subhashini madam for this fantastic work.

October 5th, 2010 at 19:04
R V Ramani
  6  

Just awesome. Great work and treat! Thank you
Venkat

October 5th, 2010 at 19:07
  7  

Marvelous, truly mesmerizing. So whats next in pipeline?

October 5th, 2010 at 20:28
Subhashini
  8  

Thank you very much for your support. I really enjoyed working with mr.vijay during the process. I am so amazed by the way he has written about each and every development that makes me relive the whole sequence again. Looking forward to doing more of such work. :)

October 5th, 2010 at 21:21
  9  

fantastic work

Arputdham

Kudos to the team - Mrs. Subhashini Balasubramanian and photographer jagadeesh, and your efforts

October 6th, 2010 at 2:00
sree
  10  

ஓவியத்தைப் பார்த்தவுடன் கை கூப்பி வணங்கத்தான் முதலில் தோன்றியது. உயிர்ப்புடனும் அழகுடனும் சகலரும் காட்சியருள்கின்றனர். என் மனமார்ந்த நன்றிகள் நும் அனைவருக்கும்.

October 6th, 2010 at 7:11
Dr.Ravishankar
  11  

is it possible for siva to be playing a veena? which I feel will fit exactly by the way his left and right hands are poised!
Excellent reconstruction by the artist Kudos to you and them!!

October 6th, 2010 at 7:59
Dhivakar
  12  

A nice journey, I too enjoyed with all. My special appreciations goes to Ms. Subhashini and Mr. Jagadheesh.

October 6th, 2010 at 10:43
Sekhar
  13  

It was a lesson on the reconstruction of lost painting in stages. An eye opener for me. Thanks to the TEAM.

October 6th, 2010 at 12:18
Avudaiammal
  14  

It is very nice.

October 6th, 2010 at 17:05
Jagadeesh
  15  

Congrats anna!
I wish u to continue this great work so that u reconstruct the whole pallava rajyam!
I am so happy that I was a tool in the hands of the creators- u and Mrs. Subhashini for such a great work.
And anna, i will be keep on disturbing u wit ma doubts n photos(!)

regards,
Rajakesari

October 7th, 2010 at 8:37
  16  

WONDERFUL WORK!!!! BRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO BRAVOBRAVO BRAVO!

October 7th, 2010 at 13:23
Rajeswari
  17  

Excellent!!!!!!!

October 8th, 2010 at 3:02
  18  

thank you all for your words of encouragement.

rgds
vj

October 8th, 2010 at 12:28
  19  

sure rajakesari - drop me a mail.

anbudan
vj

October 8th, 2010 at 12:29
  20  

dear Dr Ravishankar

normally early somaskanda’s shiva doesnt have any visible attributes - but later on - he gets his Maan ( deer) and Mazhu ( axe)

vj

October 8th, 2010 at 12:30
  21  

Hi Saurabh

Next on the pipeline is HER !! you know who i am talking about

vj

October 8th, 2010 at 12:31
  22  

Great art & the step by step of doing it.

October 8th, 2010 at 23:16
Dr.Ravishankar
  23  

Thanks VJ once3 again excelent work .Subhashini we lived through each adition of your creation .Just imagine how the original must have created so much awe! Congrats to the team

October 9th, 2010 at 21:50
  24  

Great.
Do you make any attempt to showcase these paintings?

October 10th, 2010 at 19:00
Vinod
  25  

You guys are diamonds in rough! Excellent work! Wish nothing hinders your journey!

October 11th, 2010 at 5:58
மறவன்புலவு க. சச்சிதானந்தன்
  26  

காஞ்சிக்குப் போயிருக்கிறேன், பலமுறை கைலாயநாதரிடம் மெய்ம்மறந்த நிலையில், சிதைந்த ஓவியங்களின் மீது பரிவு, ஆனால் மீளமைத்துப் பார்க்கமுடியும் என்ற கண்ணோட்டம் வரவில்லை. உங்கள் வழிகாட்டலில் சிதைந்தவற்றை உயிரோடு பார்க்கிறோம், நன்றி

October 12th, 2010 at 19:47
  27  

@ nisha - Thanks. Credit to the artist for patiently documenting each stage

@ Dr. Ravishankar - exactly. if the remaining parts evoke such a response, it would have been a dazzling spectacle in its original form. we tried our best !!

@ Virutcham - yes sir, am asking Mrs Subhashini to come up with such a themed series !!

@ Vinod. Thanks, keep visiting often and go through our archives as well

rgds
vj

October 13th, 2010 at 7:11
  28  

மறவன்புலவு சார், வணக்கம். வெகு நாட்களாய் உங்கள் பின்னூட்டம் இல்லையே என்று காத்திருந்தேன். இப்போது மிகுந்த மகிழ்ச்சி.

நன்றி
விஜய்

October 13th, 2010 at 7:15
  29  

Quite an interesting website.. Good work!

November 8th, 2010 at 13:54
  30  

Thanks Sundar. Keep visiting.

rgds
vj

November 9th, 2010 at 13:38
Rajan
  31  

Excellent work. This gives an idea about how the pallava temples might have looked at their best times. Obviously the statues were covered with plaster and then painted. This would have given a nice 3 dimensional look.

Some notes on the end product - sorry to be blunt, but it looks like a ananda vikatan or kumudham story illustration. The artist has failed to capture the original “feeling” of the painting. If we just compare the photos in the page, it is obvious that the arches of the eyes, lips, waists etc have been drawn in the artist’s style - how she had learnt. It brings into mind Illayaraja’s thiruvasagam - a good effort but it smacks of his tunes, like listening to bits of movie songs. I don’t want to say that it is bad - only it is not 100% perfect. The colours and dress patterns are different in the final. Maybe another iteration will help us crack the puzzle. Please don’t settle for something inferior to the best.

Again, thanks for your efforts. I was only very disappointed that your hard work has not resulted in the best result.

March 10th, 2011 at 0:50
  32  

dear Rajan

Yes, not only the statues - every inch of the temple was plastered and painted over ! Would have been such a delight to watch - floor to roof covered with such splendid paintings.

Your comments noted on the attempt, please note this is not a commissioned work, but more an initial attempt to reconstruct from bits and pieces. The artist has also promised to do this as a large canvas soon. We also hope that this attempt will serve as a useful guide to other artists to work on these lines.

best rgds
vj

March 10th, 2011 at 5:31
Muthu selva narayanan
  33  

Vijay sir, I can’t able download the the final image of somaskanda picture with HQ, pls upload

October 12th, 2014 at 17:26

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