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The Ganga Comes to Tamilnadu
Nanditha Krishna
Artist Y. Venkatesh

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Archaeologists have dated the structures at Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram) to the 7th and 8th centuries, during the reign of the Pallava dynasty, which had its capital in Kanchipuram. The structures are admired for their architecture, which marked the advance from rock–cut temples to free–standing stone structures. The Mahabalipuram complex by the sea was found buried under mounds of sand and uncovered in the 18th century. It was made a World Heritage Site in 1984.

The Descent of the Ganges at Mahabalipuram is one of Nanditha Krishna’s favourite works of art. This huge carving, with animals, people and gods living together in harmony, has inspired her to develop programmes to save our forests and rivers from being destroyed. She knows a lot about the culture and heritage of Tamil Nadu, and she has written many books about art, religion and the environment.

Venkatesh spent a long time studying the art of the Kurumba people of Tamil Nadu. He learnt how to adapt their traditional paintings onto different media like paper, cloth, glass and canvas, and he also trained many young Kurumba artists. He has created posters, models and exhibitions to raise awareness about environmental issues, and has illustrated several books on art, culture and nature, including many activity books for children.

ISBN 9789385360497
Pages 32
Number of illustrations 22 and a map
Size 11.69 x 8.27" (297 x 210 mm), sc
Date of Publishing 2018
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Parag, an initiative of TATA trust
Rights Available World rights

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