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Archives by Month: December, 2010

Its been another eventful December in the land of ancestors and thanks to friends, have tonnes of information to feature. Quite a few sad sights were also there, but nothing as shocking as the plight of the temple pillars of Perur. I had earlier featured the amazing pillar - which describes the story of Hanuman coming out of the crocodile’s belly.

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But the orientation of the pillars in the previous post was not correct. Verified my doubts this time - the pillar in antique photo is the one that was broken n found in the garden inside the temple.

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While the unbroken pillar is seen behind the door of the shop on your left as you pass the main gopuram entrance.

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Apart from that broken pillar, there were many more pillars stacked in the small garden.

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So, this time with news of the Temple restoration ( always view that with circumspect dread !) and consecration - went over to get another view of the beauties in the temple.

After parking our vehicle, before going inside the temple, i went over to the small sculpture shop ( sirppak koodam) to pay respects to the artists. But what greeted me churned my insides and almost made me faint.

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Sewage and refuse covering up the beautiful pillars albiet damaged, they could be shown some respect. My worst fears were confirmed, yes - the Hanuman pillar has also been dumped into the trash.

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When only Gold and diamonds are considered precious and when even they are not secure, what value are these mere stone carvings to these mortals.

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Glad to inform our friends our next meet to be held on the 30th December 2010.

Location : Ashvita Art Gallery No 11, Dr Radha Krishnan Salai 2nd Street, Mylapore, Chennai - 600004 Phone: 044-42109990

Time: 5:30 to 8.30

Mr. Maniam Selvam has agreed to share his memories of his Father with Kalki.

Our dear Mr. P Raman, who has a marvelous private collection of antique coins etc., has agreed to exhibit some of his precious collections - which includes Sri Rajaraja coins too !!

Mr. Sitaraman - guide to Mr. P. Raman has kindly consented to render a talk
on antique Coins & Seals - particularly of Pallava and Chola origin.

Vijay ( poetryinstone) will feature rare paintings including a special highlight of the famed Tanjore Big Temple Fresco paintings in a talk / photo feature.

Our dear Venkat, who published and released sequel to PS - titlted Kaviri Maindhan has consented to honour Mr. Maniam Selvam.

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We will also honor Dr. Gift Siromoney - for his valuable support to the cause of cultural and heritage preservation. Mrs. Siromoney has agreed to share her thoughts of her husband.

Thanks,

PSVP & Poetryinstone


Update: Video link to the introductory speech and felicitations ( thanks to Maravanpulavu Sir)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV0r9wSYe8o

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