FROM TWO OF INDIA'S GREATEST TEMPLE SITES
A visit to Hampi as well as Surya temple of Konark is like 'visiting' an Epic. Every exposure is a delight , a revelation. You will re-discover what stayed at out sight during last 'visit' or needed 'dusting' of memory cells or a new meaning of a known chapter, of a dear character.
Drummer of Hampi, playing 'Mridanga'.
Vitthala temple, Hampi.
Hampi is not only a wonder for those who have interest in architecture, it has something for travelers who love trekking, rafting ,enjoy nature or photography for his/her special albums. Konark's architectural grandeur is within a compact area - not spread over a sprawling area like that of Hampi - the attraction here is architecture, and architecture only. It has a sea-beach near-by - but, not many people visit Konark attracted by the sea-beach !
Drummers of Konark, in fluid poses of dance.
Pavilion of dance & music, Surya temple, Konark.
For this blog, I have chosen a subject which has very delicately sculpted in both the sites - musicians. A serious Art historian will count how many percussionists are depicted on the pavilion for music/dance at Konark -they are numerous, but the finest at Hampi are limited in number.
Music & Dance Pavilion - Vitthala temple complex. February,2011.
Hundreds of miles, several centuries apart -
striking similarity of the dance pose !
Capturing the best sculptures of musicians at Surya temple was not easy either. The work on 'chlorites' were placed far above the eye-level, on various upper floors of the Jagomohan. Scaffolding was a problem here too - visitors and photographers of temple art have learnt to accept this problem as unavoidable.
Two drummers on two sides of entrance of the inner pavilion
@ Vitthala temple,Hampi
& the 'dhol'-player at 60' elevation of Surya temple,Konark.
Yet, I could not resist of sharing a compilation of the photos I have of the musicians from both these temples .Watch the percussion instruments, the expression joy and seriousness the artisans, the controlled dance steps, the swing of clothes sculpted so delicately. A close-up will show the details of ornaments, folds of clothes , ribs of the shell of 'Mridanga', executed centuries ago, wonderful till date !
'Yugal-bandi' - musicians in duet. Across centuries.