குந்தவை பிராட்டியார்

Photo Courtesy : Mouli Ponnupandy
இராஜராஜ தேவரின் திருத்தமக்கையார்
வல்லவரையர் வந்தியத்தேவரின் மகாதேவியார்
ஆழ்வார் பராந்தகக் குந்தவையார்

The thought process / research work behind this painting is detailed here.

Confessions
1. I’ve used artistic license to render a part of Pazhaiyaarai palace, the back drop. The pillar on the left is of Chola on top and ends with Pallava style. Pallavas had a lion or yazhi at the end, where I’ve put a lotus. Well, the reasoning behind this is the palace of Pazhaiyaari should have existed long before Parantaka Cholan II. There are many temples with mixed architecture. The period between late Pallavas and early Cholas were not that clear. They were trying out newer techniques and styles. That pillar could be a trial. I could have done a lion or a yazhi, it could possibly have taken the viewer’s attention to the pillar instead of the great lady. Chola architecture is if anything but simple according to K.A. Nilakanta Sastri. My space was limited too with the board’s dimension.
2. I had serious trouble with the window. I had tough time imagining how it could have been to finally resort to this one.
3. I took hints from Chettinad house pictures from Heritage India magazine.
4. Kolam pattern was suggested by Amma.
5. Deliberately made Kundavai to have a darker skin tone for the Dravidian origin.

குற்றம், குறைகளைப் பொருத்தருள்க!

Appreciations from fellow students…

Gayathri – (pointing to the painting) You…? 🙂
Geetha Aunty – யாரு கண்டா… இவ ஏதோ ஒரு ஜென்மத்துல தஞ்சாவூர் பக்கம் இளவரசியா கூட பொறந்து இருக்கலாம்… 🙂 🙂
Sowmya – Absolutely no words, Mercy… I’m your fan 🙂 🙂 🙂
Suman had an irrational fear of me developing a multiple personality disorder with an alter Kundavai 🙂

Voilà, Mesdames, Mesdemoiselles, Messieurs, c’est avec un grand plaisir que je vous présenter, the one and only Mercy Ponnupandy 🙂

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6 Responses to குந்தவை பிராட்டியார்

  1. You have an artistic hands machi.. try it out on a more serious note.. who know we might with exhibiting the art if we get a significant mass.. 😉

  2. Preetha Nair says:

    Wowww!! I cant take my eyes off from that picture.
    Have no words…
    Absolutely stunning fusion work Mercy 🙂

    Hope u have reached safe n enjoying the winter:)

  3. aanand says:

    hmm i always longed to have an elder sister like that character,, excellent

  4. Vijay says:

    stunning work and thanks for reminding us of again of “இராஜராஜ தேவரின் திருத்தமக்கையார்
    வல்லவரையர் வந்தியத்தேவரின் மகாதேவியார்
    ஆழ்வார் பராந்தகக் குந்தவையார்”

    rgds
    vj
    http://www.poetryinstone.in

  5. Oh my god.. That was beautiful and the fact you actually used history in this piece of art?
    wow..good going..
    keep it up..

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