Bangalore International Centre had arranged atalk on“Development of Temple Architecture in South India” by Dr. ChithraMadhavanon Saturday, 4th March, 2017 at 6.30 PM. Dr. SathyabhamaBadhreenath,chaired and moderated the session.
Through a powerpoint presentation, Dr. ChithraMadhavan explained about the famous places of worship which are also well-known for the spectacular architecture and intricate sculptures. Some of these temples are centuries old as seen from the inscriptions which have been etched on the walls. The earliest temples were constructed of brick, but do not survive now. Then she explained about cave-temples which have been chiseled out of stone and subsequently the monolithic temples (carved completely out of one piece of rock). It was much later that temples of stone were constructed. Over the centuries, the temples grew larger in size and came to house many shrines. They were not only places of worship, but also served as cultural arenas with music and dance performances.
This lecture, with the help of dozens of slides, covered the gradual architectural development of the temples of South India, spanning many centuries. It has focused on the lesser-known details pertaining to architecture, sculptures and inscriptions.
The appreciative audience enjoyed several informations about the development of Temple Architecture in South India.