Every year, December is the time when music is celebrated in Chennai. Thousands of artists perform in hundreds of sabhas. We at Tamil Heritage Trust, believe that there is more to celebrate in our heritage besides music, and want to make use of the mood and the gathering that collects from far and near. We want these rasikas to spend a few hours on other aspects of our heritage, literature, paintings, sculpture, temples etc.
Pechchu Kachcheri Series
In previous years, we have covered the following areas
2011 – Tamil heritage from Sangam days
2012 – Indian Paintings – a tour of 10,000 years
2013 – Srirangam – a Heritage Hub
2014 – Dr. Nagaswamy – multi faceted contributions to Heritage
Pechchu Kachcheri 2016
In the fifth year (2016), we took the next leap based on the three-day residential Mamallapuram Site Seminar conducted during 2010 and expanded focus on the theme of “Pallava Mallai” (Celebrating Art along with Music).
The coverage was on the Overview of Mamallapuram, its history from Sangam days and how it was rediscovered in the last 200 years, understanding the inspiration and imagination of kings from their epigraphs, how they expanded Mamallapuram into a gallery of scintillating sculpture and temple architecture, beginning from cave temples to structured temples. The seminar also covered the fine arts in terms of pasurams sung on Mamallapuram along with an appreciation of Sanskrit, satire, dance, song mixed with a unique presentation of Mattavilasa Prahasana, the dance drama composed by Mahendra Varma Pallava.
A video recording of our entire program was live on Youtube. Several heritage enthusiasts around the world watched the program live. The videos are now being edited, and will be available on this website soon.
Why choose Mamallapuram as topic ?
There’s an ocean of ignorance between the history and significance of Mamallapuram and its perception in the public mind. It was a laboratory of art and sculpture, an open-air museum patronized by a dynasty of dynamic monarchs, a granite canvas for Grantham calligraphy, a field of stone planted with immortal monuments by artists with fertile imaginations. It stands unique in its diversity of architecture. In grace, it has sometimes been equaled, but rarely surpassed. It was the epicenter of a cultural earthquake, whose aftershocks reverberated for a thousand years. Its impact spread across the land, and even crossed the oceans. But as subtle as the sculptures, are the unsolved mysteries it poses; about authorship, inspiration, incompleteness, paucity of literary references, even its influences and a later loss of imagination.
When and where ?
Date : 24-December (Saturday) and 25-December (Sunday) Time : 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Venue : Tamil Virtual Academy, Anna University Campus, Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kotturpuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025 (next to Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram)
Contact : For any quick queries, contact Sivasankar Babu 98400 68123 or Ramki 9841489907 of the Organizing Group.