TamilNadu Sculptures & Crafts
 

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Art and culture are two most integral parts of human civilisation, particularly sculptures, painting and temple architecture. In these respects Tamilnadu stands head and shoulder above all others. As far as sculptures are concerned the Mahisasa-mardhni belt of sculptures of Pallava period is really a challenge to anyone of such nature throughout the world says the Principal of Chennai Fine Arts College Thiru Chandru. The metal statues of Nataraja is the finest example. It is the personification of the magnificent concept of the Universe. So are the Rishaba Vaahana of Lord Siva, Gaja Samharam, Sandiya Nadanam. These depicted in painting as well do illustrate the mastery of Tamilnadu in these fields. The line, life and rhythm found in these master pieces vouch for the sway Tamilnadu still holds in these form of art. Tamilnadu temples built in stone adhering to Sirppa Saastra like the Kanchipuram Kailasanathar Kovil, Thanjavur Brahatheeswarar Kovil and the one at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the role model for all these the Kodumbaloor Moovar temple stand as monuments and fine example of templearchitecture and appreciated by the art connoisseurs throughout the world.

Crafts :

State is gifted with plenty of handicrafts and master craftsmen. Handicrafts vary from sea products to enthralling stone structures. Some important crafts of the state are Bronze casting, Silk weaving, Mat weaving, Metalware, Musical instruments making, Creating Jewellery, Thanjavur plates, Thanjavur painting, Sculpting, Cane craft, Craft of palm leaf, Wood carving, Pottery, Terracotta, Embroidery, Durries and etc.. make Tamilnadu artistically and culturaly rich.

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