Inspiration in artistic composition refers to an irrational and unconscious burst of creativity. Literally, the word means “breathed upon,” ….this is how we would describe the start of this blog site.
Though we can name many names who are the guiding beacons to us, we chose to put only one name …. the legendary author kalki - his historical works catapulted us back in time over a 1000 years…deep into the recesses of south Indian art and culture.
While it took a great effort to come back to present day, the pathetic conditions not only of neglect but non recognition and obscurity of these amazing handiwork of divine craftsmen - saddened our hearts. Coming from the seaside bustling metropolis of chennai an hours drive from the historic mahabalipuram or mallai, every trip to this amazing treasure trove of art - splendid monuments, relics from the past hammered into the hardest stone….but today of the thousands of happy tourists who go pass through it without as much as batting an eyelid, happily posing and clicking away on their high tech cameras….without as much as sparing a thought for this monumental work, not able to truly appreciate the essence of art right in front of their eyes
Atleast these works are being preserved, protected and restored….thousands more have already perished or on the verge of being destroyed….not by wandering hordes ( whose assault incidentally these splendid sculptures did survive …albeit a lost arm, a lost nose …yet resplendent in all their glory)…..sadly they are left to rot by a generation that has not been taught to truly appreciate the true greatness of the land they hail from…the artist pinnacle of excellence achieved 1300 years ago….
This is a small effort to showcase these unknown artist and their exemplary creations - we have no formal degrees in art, but our aim is not to scare away the novice reader with complicated terms and renditions, but more a story like approach as my master kalki did - a simple narrative of how we see the beauty, so that you too would take back a memory….the joy, the exuberance in your hearts
The majority of the information in this site does not deal with main deities but with pillars, gopurams and other fringe structures….for they too are splendid yet forgotten The pictures are not all ours, but our idea is to make this a movement - so that any casual reader will truly realise the greatness of these immortal works, learn the language of the stone and experience the sights - once the inner eye is trained to appreciate these nuances, we promise you a journey of pure bliss …every time you visit any of such sites . an addictive passion that awakens the artist in you, a poet in you ….. Come along with us, read on and feel free to contribute….lets give new life to these stones…for they are not just stones…but centuries of knowledge handed down from generation to the next, coursing through the viens of a master sculpture…who pours his hearts blood and sweat into making these lasting impressions - the works too have kept their promise with the sculpture to proudly parade his skill for generations to come. Give them a helping hand so that your future generations can also have a chance to savor this essence of artistic excellence.