Appreciation of Amaravathi’s Nalagiri Composition, G. Chandrasekaran

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


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.

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