Thanjavur Paintings of Later Maratha Period Discovered in Abandoned Temple

An array of age-old Thanjavur paintings was found at an abandoned Ettukal Mandapam near Gandharvakkottai in the district by members of the District Science Forum.

Published: 03rd June 2014 07:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd June 2014 07:29 AM   |  A+A-

PUDUKKOTTAI: An array of age-old Thanjavur paintings was found at an abandoned Ettukal Mandapam near Gandharvakkottai in the district by members of the District Science Forum.

According to Manikandan, a teacher at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Gandarvakkottai, and member of Tamil Nadu Science Forum, the paintings were found on the roof top of the Ettukal Mandapam located in the banks of Chettiyurani, a small irrigation tank, in Gandharvakkottai. He said the paintings were lying in a dilapidated state.

After finding the paintings, the team called on a famous artist S Kaliyaperumal here, to know its details. Kaliyaperumal told them that the paintings were of the later Maratha period. Artists had used bio-chemicals to give colour and shade to the paintings.

The members of the Science Forum urged the district administration to take decisive steps to protect the painting before it gets completely destroyed.

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