Last year was a talkathon. You could actually make complete sense of what went on during the speech by simply listening to the audio. But not so this time. This is completely picture driven.
Tatvaloka auditorium is quite nice that way with an excellent large screen.
Day 1 happened on Christmas day. The crowd was somewhat thin. KT Gandhirajan, an Art Historian and excellent field researcher. He has worked on various projects but his specialty is Rock paintings. He and his team has discovered many rock painting sites in Tamil Nadu. He has created photographic documentation for multiple rock painting locations all over Tamil Nadu. he has been a guest lecturer in Fine Arts College, Chennai.
(I will be able to post audio and video only next week for all the talks.)
Gopu introduced the activities of Tamil heritage Trust to the audience.
|Gopu introducing Tamil heritage Trust|
Badri Seshadri introduced the speaker Gandhi Rajan.
Then Gandhi Rajan made his presentation on Rock Paintings of Tamil Nadu. Gandhi Rajan took around 20 sites across Tamil Nadu (out of nearly 60 or so) and showed the pre-historic rock art, their significance, what one can make of them and so on. Note that some of these places were discovered by him. Some of these places are most difficult to reach even today. They are anywhere between 5-10 km interior in forest from the nearest village, which will be several km from the nearest town.
|Researcher and art historian KT Gandhi Rajan|
|Gopu on the 6 day Pechchu Kutcheri event|
|Bhushavali introducing the speaker Arvind Venkatraman|
|Arvind starting off from rock paintings and moving onto more evolved frescoes|
Don't miss them.