Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pre- and Early Chalukya Sculptures in Karnataka: New Research

Pre- and Early Chalukya Sculptures in Karnataka: 
New Research

a lecture by
Raghavendra Kulkarni
Art Historian, CKP, Bangalore






About the Talk: The presentation looks at new research in the pre- and early Chalukyan sculptures in Karnataka and their iconographic and stylistic influences. The introduction of Sanskritic culture, followed by the introduction of Jain and Buddhist faiths in the South in general and particularly in ancient Karnataka had left a strong religious influence. The artistic nuances manifested here were very interesting from the point of view of their style and also form. The sculpture as a result of the change developed with unique iconographic features. Some of these were common to other contemporary schools, but some have definite uniqueness. The sculptures that are datable to the Post-Maurya and Pre Chalukya and early Chalukya will be taken as the examples in the presentation. The early Chalukyas who ruled from ancient Vatapi-Badami in Bagalkot district were pioneers in introducing the new forms and features in sculptural art. Creativity and texts go hand in hand, where some unique sculptures were introduced for the first time in Indian art history.


About the Speaker: Raghavendra Rao.H.Kulkarni is Professor of Art History and Head of Department at the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka
Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. He has extensively worked on Pre- and Early Chalukya sculptural art and was awarded with a PhD Degree from Mysore University for the same subject. His published books include Pre- and Early Sculptural Art in Karnataka- Origin and Development ( 2010), Kinnala Art (1992), Early Sculptures in Karnataka (2011), and Artists’ Impressions (2011) on Yusuf Arakkal. He has also published over 50 research papers on sculptures, architecture and mural traditions of Karnataka. He is presently working on Narrative Art in Karnataka Temples, and editing the Encyclopaedia of Visual Art in Kannada, being published by IBH Publications, Bangalore. He is Co-Editor of the Prof. Ratan Parimoo Felicitation Volume, to be released in 2016.

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