|Agrawala, P.K. Gupta Temple Architecture.
Early Indian Sculpture, 1974
*S. R. Balasubrahmanyam -
Middle Chola temples : Rajaraja I to Kulottunga I (A.D. 985-1070)
*Douglas E. Barrett -
Early Cola architecture and sculpture ; 866-1014 A.D
The Wonder That Was India.
Cultural History of India
Brand, M. and Lowry, G. Akbar's India.
Brown, Percy. Indian Architecture: Buddhist and Hindu Periods.
K Coomaraswamy -
The Dance of Siva : Essays on Indian Art and Culture / Paperback /
Published 1985 [see also
One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century - Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy]
"...I do not mean to say that the most profound interpretation of
Siva's dance was present in the minds of those who first danced in frantic, and
perhaps intoxicated energy, in honour of the pre Aryan hill-god, afterwards
merged in Siva. A great motif in religion or art, any great symbol, becomes all
things to all men; age after age it yields to men such treasure as they find in
their own hearts. Whatever the origins of Siva's dance, it became in time the
clearest image of the activity of God which any art or religion can boast of..."
*Vidya Dehejia -
The Art of the Imperial Cholas (The Polsky Lectures in Indian and Southeast
Asian Art and Archaeology) / Hardcover / Published 1990
*Francis Xavier Clooney -
The art and theology of ÔSrivai˛s˛nava thinkers : the De Nobili endowment
Hallade, M. The Gandharan Style.
Harle, James. The Art and Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent.
*James Heitzman -
Gifts of Power : Lordship in an Early Indian State / Hardcover /
Published 1998 -
- (Contents include: List of Maps, List of Figures, 1. The Chola
Empire: History, Theory, Method, Power and Empire in Early South India,
Theoretical Background Methodology: The Study Areas , 2. Means and Relations
of Production in Cholamandalam Irrigation and Development Property
Relations, Cultivation Rights and Agrarian Labour, Property Relations and
their Vocabulary, 3. Temple Urbanism Urbanization and Political Economy in
Early South India, A Comparative Study of Chola-period Urbanization, 4. The
Transactional Network of an Imperial Temple 5. The Structure of the Chola
State The King and the Royal Family in Cholamandalam 6. Networks of Social
Control 7. Conclusion Appendix Sites of Chola-period Inscriptions in Five
Huntington, Susan. The Art of Ancient India: Buddhist, Hindu, Jain.
William Hickey -
The Land of the Chola : The Eden of the South : The Tanjore Mahratta
Principality in Southern India / Hardcover / Published 1988
Isvarmurti, V -
Life and Art of C N Vasudevan : Tamil Dancer and Tagore / Hardcover /
*Michell, George -
The Hindu Temple: An Introduction to Its Meaning and Forms
A reprint with a new preface of the Harper
edition (1977) of Michell's standard introduction. He explains
the cultural, religious, and architectural significance of the
temple, illustrating his points with many photographs, building
plans, and drawings of architectural details.
*Partha Mitter -
Art and Nationalism in Colonial India : Occidental Orientations
/ Hardcover /Published 1994
Moorthy, K.K. - The temples of Tamil Nadu: a 16-flower Tamil Poomalai -
foreword by V. Ramados, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh: Message Publications, 1991
*Nagaswamy, R -
Masterpieces of Early South Indian
*Nagaswamy, R -
Thiruttani and Velanjeri copper plates (T.N.S.D.A.
*Nagaswamy, R -The
art of Tamilnadu, (T.N.D.A. pub)
*Nagaswamy, R -Gangaikondacholapuram,
*Nagaswamy, R -Vasavasamudram:
A report on the excavation conducted by the Tamilnadu State
Department of Archaeology (T.N.D.A. pub)
*Nagaswamy, R -The
Kailasanatha temple;: A guide, (Tamil Nadu. Dept. of Archaeology.
T.N.D.A. pub. no. 4)
in ancient Tamil law and society (T.N.S.D.A. pub)
*Nagaswamy, R -Tamil
coins: A study (T.N.D.A. pub)
*Nagaswamy, R -Art
and culture of Tamil Nadu
- Delhi: Sundeep Prakashan, 1980,184p,  leaves of plates
Nagaswamy, R -The
art of Tamilnadu, (T.N.D.A. pub)
*Nagaswamy, R -Tantric
cult of South India
*Nagaswamy, R -Tarangampadi
*Nagaswamy, R -Facets
of South Indian Art and Architecture
*Nagaswamy, R -Siva
*Nanditha Krishna,V. K.
Arts and Crafts of Tamilnadu (Living Traditions of India)
/ Hardcover /176 p., 155 colour photographs,
map, bibliography, glossary
(From the Cover: "In the state of Tamilnadu,
the classical tradition is strong and deep-rooted. Thus, the folk arts
became classicised--the village terracottas became the great bronzes, the
wood carvings became splendid monuments in stone. It is difficult,
therefore, to tell an art form apart from a craft : Is a Chola bronze a work
of art or an example of expert craftsmanship ? This book reveals
achievements in diverse craft fields, all highly developed and stamped with
the seal of an ancient culture." )
*Rajeswari, D.R. -
The Pallava sculpture
*Rama Sivaram -
Early Chola Art - Origin and Emergence of Style Hardcover 268 p.,
320 plates, figures / Published 1994
(Contents include 1. Historical
overview-retrospective of south India. 2. The socio-religious background. 3.
Temple architecture. 4. Development of early Chola architecture. 5. Towards
early Chola sculpture. 6. Survey of extant sculpture in the early Chola
period. 7. Early Chola bronzes - a formal analysis.
From the cover: "Medieval South India saw a
resurgence in religious experience culminating in the great temple art of
the Cholas. Time and again, both in architecture and sculpture, it is the
artists' feeling for form and visual design that is reflected. What were the
causes that went into the making of this inimitable Chola style? Prevalent
consensus of opinion is based on the archaeological perceptions of
influences from neighbouring kingdoms and of a transition caused by
religious and political factors. The reviews are so final and tempting, yet,
the question of why Chola art stands apart remains unanswered.
"Early Chola Art-Origin and Emergence of Style
is an attempt to shift the art historical perspective from the traditional
to a formal approach and analysis. The study focuses on works of art
themselves as a starting point and determines the inherent factors that led
to the evolution of style.
"In fact, the inherent evolutionary factors are as important
as the socio-religious and historical influences and visual precedents. The
vocabulary of visual forms has its own existence of continually transforming
and perpetuating into newer forms. It is its own internal logic which allows
for a style to be born.
"This revised approach is what is sought to be achieved by
'Formal analysis', which is relatively unexplored in Indian art. It follows
the principles of metamorphosis and renewal of forms within a given period
that makes transition subordinate to transformational creation. By such an
analysis we see that Chola art emerges from the Chola sensibility and
feeling for form. Rama Sivaram teaches Art History at the Department of Art
History and Aesthetics, M.S. University, Baroda."
Rowland, Benjamin. The Art and Architecture of India.
Seshadri - Sri Brihadisvara : The Great Temple of Thanjavur
(From the cover -"The
Brihadisvara Temple or the Great Temple, Thanjavur, built by Raja Raja
Chola-I around 1010 A.D. is a masterpiece of South Indian art and
architecture. It has attracted the attention of several distinguished
historians and art critics and volumes have been written on different aspect
of its many splendoured greatness. The author of this book does not claim to
present any new discoveries but recounts in simple language all the
outstanding features for which the temple has become renowned.
The majestic Vimana about 200 feet high, the
tallest of its kind, justly called the Dakshina-meru, the exquisite
sculptures in the niches of the sanctum walls, the delicate Chola and the
Nayaka paintings in the inner corridor around the sanctum, the series of
dance sculptures (Karanas) on the walls of the first floor, the modest yet
stately gopuras in the outer enclosures, the beautiful bronzes and above all
the highly informative and valuable historical inscriptions that give
meticulous details of the donations and land-grants mode to the temple by
the king and his kin form the themes of the chapters in the book.
As a member of the conservation wing of the
Archaeological Survey of India, the author has intimate knowlege of the
several steps taken to preserve the temple in its original beauty. The
popular beliefs that the shadow of the tower does not fall on the ground and
that eighty ton Sikhara is a made of one stone are discounted by him. The
latter was found to be mounted and assembled in parts. There is a curious
figure of a man with an European dress and hat on the northern wall of the
Nayaka period when Europeans were active in Tamil Nadu coast.
The shrine of the Goddess Perianayaki was
built in the 13th century. The beautiful bronze of Nataraja in the temple
belongs to the Chola period but it suffered some damage and had to be
repaired during the Maratta period. This is recorded in an inscription on
the pedestal of the image. Such interesting details are given in the book.
This book also presents interesting data on the members of Raja Raja's
family and their endowments, Raja Raja's colourful titles (like
Sivapadasekharan and Tirumuraikonda-Solan), the names of the streets of
Thanjavur in Chola times (like the Gandharvar street), the 23 bronze images
for various deities donated by Raja Raja, the weights and measures.")
Sivaramamurti, C. South Indian Bronzes.
Splendours of Tamil Nadu - Bombay: MARG Publications, c1980 144,p
*Swaminathan, K.D. -
Early South Indian temple architecture : study of TiruvňaliÔsvaram inscriptions
Thapar, Romila. History of India.
Tirumala Tirupati - the legends and beyond...
hard bound 192 page art book consisting of over 300 photographs,
illustrations, miniature paintings and architectural drawings.
Legends, facts and narrations weave the images to capture the
essence of the richest and most powerful temple in the world.
The first book of its kind that aims at inspiring the believer,
educating the information seeker and enlightening the curious.
The book captures sites and glimpses of Tirumala. It tries to
depict the past, describe the present and encapsulate the spirit
of the people."
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*B. Venkataraman -
Temple art under the Chola queens
Rajarajesvaram, the Pinnacle of Chola Art, 1985
Welch, S.C. Imperial Mughal Painting.
Williams, J. The Art of Gupta India: Empire and Province.
Zannas, E. Khajuraho.
Zimmer, H. The Art of Indian Asia.
Zimmer, H. Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization.
Heras, H. Studies in Proto-Indo- Mediteranean Culture. Vol.1. Bombay, 1953.