"The following works of art ...are among the most remarkable contributions of the Tamil creative genius to the world's cultural treasure and should be familiar to the whole world and admired and beloved by all in the same way as ... the cathedrals of France and the sculptures of Greece ...... Dravidian temple architecture, of which the chief representatives are perhaps the temples of Tanjore, Chidambaram and Madurai....." (Tamil Contribution to World Civilisation - Czech Professor Dr. Kamil Zvelebil in Tamil Culture - Vol. V, No. 4. October, 1956)
The spatial experience of a Dravidian (South Indian) temple complex is considered particularly enriching and meaningful. In many, such as the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam, prakaras (concentric enclosures) along with the series of entrance gateways (gopurams), reduce in scale moving towards the garbha-griha, setting up a rhythm of solids and voids as well as providing a ritual and visual axis.
The principles of temple architecture were codified in treatises and canons such as Manasara, Mayamatam, and Vaastu Shastra. These offered an ordering framework yet allowed some latitude for contextual articulation.
The Temple tower sculptures will be rich in colors, Each temple towers resembles the story of Tamil cultures and the customs which related to godliness.
I shot this picture in Murgan Temple ( Temple of Tamil god) you can see the Symbol of "OOM"(In Red) Name of Tamil god(in blue) in neon light. This temple represents our Tradition and the colors and our life's bled together.
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robertosalguero (246) 2007-12-01 11:31
This is a very creative and colourul work of art. The amount of figures of remarkable and add somuch interest and I assume historical facts to the work. The inclusion of the tree on he right add a different element to the image and create an interesting perspective. THanks.
tudor (220) 2007-12-01 12:30
Great detail of this Tamil temple, thanks also for providing the useful note. Photos like this represent the very essence of TE.
Malyshev (2522) 2007-12-02 14:56
Very nice and interesting composition!
Partha_c (2029) 2007-12-02 20:13
Hi Senthil. Beautiful shot with adequate clarity and sharpness. Very common architecture in the temples of Tamil Nadu. The more we see, still more we enjoy. I still smell the beautiful aroma. Regards.
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-12-03 3:24
Hi Senthil, very nice image and origianl architecture!
a lot of colours here and a very good and interesting note..
i like also the size
elmec (12210) 2007-12-03 14:48
I like the full of details and colours wall!
We can see evrything so clear!
Angshu (55295) 2007-12-04 1:37
I have always been fascinated with the architecture of the gopurams, especially the sculptures & details on it. This is a fine example from Murugan temple (where in Chennai?). Intelligent crop to make it into a pano format. Good work Senthil...keep it up! Regards
japiey (10163) 2007-12-04 3:37
A SHOT THAT REVEALS A CULTURE..
Interesting crop to make a sensible image.
Would love to read the stories behind the sculptors too..
sothy81 (9558) 2007-12-04 15:37
Thi is such an interesting shot Senthil. Very rare that we see this kind of art work and architecture. Very nice in colors too. Well done. Sothy
pboehringer (770) 2007-12-11 11:49
a very clever tight frame showing just part of the building and the nature's surrounding.
The sky might be a little bi overexposed you requires either the use of a ND grad filter or some underexposure with PP to light up the building. Just to mention some technical possibilities.
Merline (0) 2007-12-12 5:19
this is very nice, never seen these works of art in such detail. Good composition and colors, very interesting subject and note. There is a little overexposition that could be easily corrected with a bit of a filter or darkening. Well done.
isabela_sor (47583) 2007-12-12 6:05
The figurs there are so clear,the details amazing and this framing also very interesting!And the note helps us to understand it perfectly