Saturday, November 1, 2014

Appreciation of Amaravathi’s Nalagiri Composition, G. Chandrasekaran

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரியம்
(Tamil Heritage Trust)
presents
Appreciation of Amaravathi’s Nalagiri Composition  

by 

G. Chandrasekaran

at 5.30pm on Saturday, November 1st, 2014
at Vinoba Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, T Nagar.

About the topic:
Amaravathi, close to Vijayawada, was an important Buddhist place. A stupa was built here during the Asoka period in 2nd century CE. After the decline of Buddhism, the stupa was in disuse.  Recovered in abandoned and vandalised condition in the 19th century, the precious sculptures in it are now housed in various museums in India and abroad.
Patronized by the Satavahanas and the Ikshvakus, the Amaravati art heralds classicism in Indian art to be followed by the Imperial Guptas. Excelling in compositional technique, we see here for the first time in relief modelling lighter and deeper etching, differentiated planes, perspective and distance and foreshortening. 
Nalagiri panel that narrates taming of a rogue elephant by the Buddha exhibited in the Government Museum in Chennai, is one among the celebrated bas-relief medallions and would be taken for detailed discussion by the speaker.
About the Speaker:
G. Chandrasekaran, better known as Chandru in the art world, a product of Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai, was the Principal of the same college. A multi-faceted artist, Chandru is equally good at painting, sculpture, fresco work, industrial design, and is adept at handling a variety of mediums-acrylic, graphite, rock, mud, water colours… A few twigs, a matchbox, some thread and sundry waste can kindle his creativity and result in an artifact in a few minutes.

RSVP:
A. Annamalai: Gandhi Study Centre - gandhicentre@gmail.com;
Badri Seshadri - Kizhakku-p-padippakam - badri@nhm.in; 98840-66566
S. Kannan - musickannan@gmail.com; 98414-47974
S. Swaminathan - sswami99@gmail.com; 2467 1501
R. Gopu - writergopu@yahoo.com, 98417-24641
T. Sivasubramanian - siva.durasoft@gmail.com, 98842-94494

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Concept of Dhvani in Indian Aesthetics - Dr Anand Amaladass

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரியம்
(Tamil Heritage Trust)
presents

The Concept of Dhvani in Indian Aesthetics

by 

Dr Anand Amaladass

at 5.30pm on Saturday, October 4th, 2014
at Vinoba Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, T Nagar.

About the topic:
A work of literature is not just for putting forth an idea, which can be analysed through grammar and lexicon. Even prosody (yappu, in Tamil) and metaphors would not lead you to the inner and implied meaning. Suggestions play an important role. This is the soul of literature. In the Sanskrit literature, it is called dhvani. This suggesting element may be a word or a sentence or a paragraph or a stanza or an entire compo­sition, but unexpressed. Considerable sophistication has gone into this area in Indian literature. The 9th century Anandavardhana, the author of Dhvanyaloka is the foremost theoretician in Sanskrit. Tamil tradition has developed its own ‘evocative’ concepts like iraicci, ullurai, tinai, etc. The full enjoyment of a literary piece is not complete without understanding this, and is possible only by those who know not only grammar and lexicon, but also carefully honed their skill for enjoying this essence of poetry. The speaker would formulate a few of the principles from the dhvani perspective, taking examples from Sanskrit and Tamil literatures.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Anand Amaladass SJ, has a Master’s degree in Sanskrit and Ph.D from the University of Madras (1981), and a post-doctoral assignment at the University of Vienna, Austria (1982-84). He is teaching at the Satya Nilayam Jesuit Faculty of Philosophy in Chennai, now part of the Loyola (Autonomous) College, Chennai, from 1984 (now Emeritus).  He was the Dean of Faculty and Director of the Research Institute for Philosophy and Sanskrit. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Vienna, in Wuerzburg and in Frankfurt, Germany and at the Gregorian University, Rome.
 
His publications include a book on the Dhvani theory in Indian Aesthetics (published in Vienna, Austria, 1984), and on the Vishnu Tradition, on the God of Dance, Shiva and on the Goddess phenomenon, with a translation of Abhirami Antati all in German. The Christian Themes in Indian Art (Documentation of how the Hindus, Muslims, Parsis and Christians interpreted Christian themes in India) was published with Gudrun Löwner in 2012. He has written around 100 research articles in English and German.
He lives in Chennai.
RSVP:
A. Annamalai: Gandhi Study Centre - gandhicentre@gmail.com;
Badri Seshadri - Kizhakku-p-padippakam - badri@nhm.in; 98840-66566
S. Kannan - musickannan@gmail.com; 98414-47974
S. Swaminathan - sswami99@gmail.com; 2467 1501
R. Gopu - writergopu@yahoo.com, 98417-24641
T. Sivasubramanian - siva.durasoft@gmail.com, 98842-94494

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chalukyas of Badami - Badami, Mahakuta, Pattakkal, Aihole: Aravind Venkatraman

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரியம்
(Tamil Heritage Trust)
presents

Chalukyas of Badami  - Badami, Mahakuta, Pattakkal, Aihole
by 
Aravind Venkatraman

at 5.30pm on Saturday, September 6th, 2014
at Vinoba Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, T Nagar.

About the topic:

Chalukyas of Badami (Vatapi) are the pioneers of temple building with non-perishable materials in South India. Their contribution to our heritage is immense. Their work took inspiration from the Guptas initially, but they continued to define their own identity and also infuse the art from Pallavas and others, as the time progressed.

Their cave temples in Badami predate the Pallava cave temples of Tamil Nadu. They also built the earliest structural temples in South India.  Badami, Mahakuta, Pattadakkal and Aihole are close to one another and clustered together, making the most dense concentration of heritage sites in India.

In this presentation, I would like to take you through a pictorial journey of these sites, also listing a bit of information that I have gathered and what I appreciate in them. This could be considered as a preview or trailer, and if it sparks an interest, we can plan a site seminar with necessary preparatory lectures and field visit.

About the Speaker:

Aravind Venkatraman is a software professional and a serious culture enthusiast. Out of his passion we have an encyclopaedic documentation of hundreds of temples and thousands of sculptures indexed from across the country. He shares his photographs in Picasa at http://picasaweb.google.co.in/arvind.venkatraman, which has close to 100 albums. He likes to read both fiction and non-fiction, spends a lot of his time on the internet and has traveled widely, both within India and abroad.

RSVP:
A. Annamalai: Gandhi Study Centre - gandhicentre@gmail.com;
Badri Seshadri - Kizhakku-p-padippakam - badri@nhm.in; 98840-66566
S. Kannan - musickannan@gmail.com; 98414-47974
S. Swaminathan - sswami99@gmail.com; 2467 1501
R. Gopu - writergopu@yahoo.com, 98417-24641
T. Sivasubramanian - siva.durasoft@gmail.com, 98842-94494

Thursday, July 31, 2014

என் குறள் - இசைக்கவி ரமணன்

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரியம்
(Tamil Heritage Trust)
presents
என் குறள்
(My Couplets)

by 

 இசைக்கவி ரமணன் 
(Isaikkavi Ramanan)

at 5.30pm on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
at Vinoba Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, T Nagar.
About the topic:
  • எத்தனையோ கவிதைகள், பாடல்களுக்கு இடையே, இடைவிடாத பயணங்களுக்கு நடுவே, கடுமையான அலுவலகச் சுமைகளுக்கு ஊடே, கொடுமையான வாழ்க்கைச் சூழ்நிலைகளுக்கும் மத்தியில், மூவாயிரத்திற்கும் மேற்பட்ட குறள் வெண்பாக்கள் என்னிடம் பிறந்தன.
  • இவை திருக்குறள் போலவே குறள் வெண்பா இலக்கணத்தில் அமைந்துள்ளன. ஒற்றுமை அத்தோடு முடிகிறது! வள்ளுவரின் ஞானத்திற்கு நானெங்கு போவேன்?
  • வாழ்வியல், சமூகம், யோகம் போன்றவை சார்ந்த இந்தக் குறட்பாக்களை நான் இன்னும் முழுமையாகப் பார்க்கவில்லை. நிறையத் திருத்தங்கள் செய்ய வேண்டியிருக்கிறது. 
  • இந்த நிகழ்ச்சி என்னை அந்தப் பணியில் தூண்டும் என்று நினைக்கிறேன். இவற்றை ஆங்கிலத்தில் மொழிபெயர்க்கவேண்டும் என்னும் எண்ணமும் இருக்கிறது.
About the Speaker:
  • பிறந்தது நெல்லையில் 30.03.1954/வளர்ந்தது சென்னையில்/ வணிகவியல் பட்டதாரி
  • தந்தை அமரர் திரு. த.வெ. அனந்தராமசேஷன் வடமொழியில் ஆசுகவி, ஆங்கில/பொருளாதார விற்பன்னர்/ தி ஹிண்டு நாளிதழில் உதவி ஆசிரியராக 23 ஆண்டுகள் பணிபுரிந்தார்
  • நான் தி ஹிண்டு நாளிதழில் 27 ஆண்டுகள் பணிபுரிந்து, விசாகப்பட்டினத்தில் வட்டார மேலாளராக (Regional Manager) பணிபுரியும் போது, ஓய்வுக்குப் 10 ஆண்டுகள்  முன்பே ஊழியத்திலிருந்து விலகிக்கொண்டேன்
  • என்னுடைய ஒரே அடையாளம் நான் தமிழ்க்கவிஞன் என்பதே. பாடல்கள் புனைந்து பாடுவதும் உண்டு.கவிதை, கட்டுரை, மொழிபெயர்ப்பு, சுய முன்னேற்றம் என, சில நூல்களும், குறுந்தகடுகளும் வெளிவந்துள்ளன. ஆங்கிலத்தில் இரண்டு நூல்கள்
  • யாத்ரி. 30 முறை இமயப் பயணம். புகைப்படக் கலையில் ஆர்வம்
  • தொலைக்காட்சி நெடுந்தொடர்களில் நடித்து வருகிறேன்

RSVP:
A. Annamalai: Gandhi Study Centre - gandhicentre@gmail.com;
Badri Seshadri - Kizhakku-p-padippakam - badri@nhm.in; 98840-66566
S. Kannan - musickannan@gmail.com; 98414-47974
S. Swaminathan - sswami99@gmail.com; 2467 1501
R. Gopu - writergopu@yahoo.com, 98417-24641
T. Sivasubramanian - siva.durasoft@gmail.com, 98842-94494