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I have been to museums quite often - right from my school days and seeing all those beautiful exhibits left me feeling low and not high. Yes, instead of just marching past, there was always an inner urge - a craving to put my abilities to the test. But my limited time was spent chasing too many leads and art fell away somewhere enroute but the craving still remains and like the proverbial last leaf - i still have a few canvases waiting for my masterpiece !

Maybe that is why i try and beseech those endowed with that talent and pester them to do by bidding !! Murali has been one such artist - whom i have pestered on and on and he has obliged more often than not. But then imagine a whole group of such talented artist descending upon a museum - that too the famed bronze gallery in chennai !!

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They are the “Chennai Weekend Artists”

Here are some of their output…..at first i thought i would post the sculpture photos along with the sketches but then decided to just showcase just their art !!

Mr Balaji

Chandikeswara
Ganesha
KaliyaKrishna
Manickkavachaka

Mr. Ganapathy Subramaniam

Thirthangara
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Mr. Karmuhilan Chellakkannu

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Mr. Muralidharan Alagar

Goddess-s
Kali-s
MahishasuraMarthini-s
Parvathi-s
ParvathiAttendent-s
Steps-s
Umasakitha-s
Ganesha-s
ayyanars
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Ms. Nithya

Nataraja
Sivakamasundari
Tirupurantaka
Vishnu

Mr. Subhash Rao

Devi
Kali
Sulam

Ms. Anbuselvi

Deviyar-s
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Kanappanayanar-s
Natarajar-s

I hope many more such efforts are encouraged especially among school children instead of just parading them infront of the exhibits and CWA take up such collaborative sessions with schools and colleges. It will help to spread awareness about our great heritage while ecouraging young artists by giving them interesting choice of subjects instead of just two hills with the sun rising in between !!

For those interested to know more about the CWA:

CWA is a group of artists and art enthusiasts who sketch on location in and around Chennai during weekends. CWA meets every Sunday at a location of interest. Any media is encouraged, though we mostly tend to focus on traditional methods. CWA comprises people from all walks and stages of life. only thing that unites is a passion to draw, paint and appreciate art. We share our knowledge through regular “Mini talks”, which are short focused and well researched practical how-to’s on the various facets of art. All are welcome to join. We use the below groups to share information about upcoming events, photos, reports and works by members.
CWA is a not for profit group.

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Fellow enthusiast Shankar had been pushing me to see a faint outline of a Ganesha for sometime now, but for some unexplainable reason, I never spent time to study it, despite him sending me some real high resolution images. Little did I realise then what it held in it and that it would choose its own time to reveal itself to us.

When Numismatist Sri Raman said that he had some photos that had come into a waste paper mart, which seemed to cover areas of my interest and if i would like to procure them, i hadn’t the faintest idea of what they would contain. Yet, he persisted and sent me a few scanned images. He had picked them wisely, one was an immaculate bronze and another the famed Tanjore big temple painting - but the images were atleast half a century old !!! I took the bait and asked him to get the entire lot.

When Arvind and me looked at the eclectic mix of fading monographs, one set struck our eyes. They were marked on reverse Thirunandikkarai and dated 1942.

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My thoughts raced to Shankar and he obliged by sending his entire collection as the cave stood today ” Thiru Nandikkarai - a cave temple protected by ASI in Kanyakumari district, 10Kms from Thiruvattaru ( 40 Kms from nagerkoil)”

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The insides of the cave ( as he had sent me earlier - you wouldn’t fault me for not going over it properly !)

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The cave itself is attributed stylistically to 8th C CE ( you can see the provision of a channel for the daily ablution water to flow out of the sanctum which is considered a later feature)

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But what i had missed earlier was the faint red outlines which Shankar had been pushing me to study.

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It was when i say the half a century old photographs from the waste paper mart that i realised the folly.

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A classy Ganapathy complete with his own dwarf attendant on the top ( reminded me of similar ones from the Kanchi Kailsantha temple !) - notice the bold strokes of the hands. Sadly much has been lost since the time the photos were taken.

This was not all, there were more in the collection. Let me draw your attention to the wall we saw earlier, slightly to the top center right.

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Now to reference the photographs

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Simply stunning yet sad at the continuing loss of our treasures.

There are two more sets in the collection, which we have not been able to spot in current day.

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What are these depictions ?

Btw, the cave holds another very important historical information in its entrance.

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There is some speculation on the Birthstar of the Great Raja Raja Chola - if he is born in Aippasi Sadayam or Chittirai Sadayam.

Dr. Kudavayil Balasubramaniam in his book on Tiruvarur Thyagaraja temple, quotes an inscription of Rajendra Chola that gives clarity on subject::

” Naam Pirantha Aadi thiruvathiriyum
Nam Ayyan Pirandharuliya AIPPASI SADHAYAMUM .. ”

The article by sir and the text of inscription

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- says Rajendra I and gives a grant on the Natal Star of Rajendra I and his father Rajaraja I.

However, in this very cave in Thiru Nandikkarai there is an inscription of Sri Raja Raja himself,

TRAVANCORE STATE

Tirunandikkarai.

185. On the east wall of the rock-cut iva shrine. Belongs to
the eighteenth year of Rajaraja I and records grant to the temple
for the celebration of a festival in Aippasi, Satabhisha, the birth-
day of the king. See Trav. Arch. Ser. t Vol. I, pp. 291-2.”

Btw, we do not know which great soul these collection of old photographs are and how they ended up in a waste paper mart. There are no names on them and hence if someone could identify any, please let us know.

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