Kerala Murals – Principles & Guidelines

Generally, frescoes were painted on the surface of walls of granite or laterite after they have been prepared suitably. The wall, technically referred to as the carrier, was first given a rough plaster coating, with a mixture of sand and lime. A second, smoother coating of plaster was then applied on the first. These two layers [are] technically referred to as the ground. A mixture of resin and lime solution […]

Ardhanarisvara – The God Who is Half-Woman

This is among the more esoteric forms of Siva, the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Beyond stereotypes, beyond boundaries and frameworks, Siva stands at the periphery of social order. Siva is the eternal ascetic, famed for his excesses, whether in penance and austerities or in sexual vigor. Siva, the intrinsic unpredictability immanent in everything that’s created. Siva, the undifferentiated spirit, the potential from which everything manifests, Purusa, the primordial. Parvati, […]

Kerala Murals – A Brief History

One could say that the tradition of painting on walls began in Kerala with the pre-historic rock paintings found in the Anjanad Valley of Idukki district. Archaeologists presume that these paintings belong to different periods from the upper Paleolithic period to the Early historic period. Rock engravings dating to the Mesolithic period have also been discovered in two regions of Kerala, at Edakkal in Wayanad and at Perimkadavila in Thiruvananthapuram […]

Welcome!

Greetings and thanks for coming by. This site aspires to be a source of information on the magnificent art of the Kerala temple murals, and also to be a gallery for the mural artist Naveen Bhaskar. The site is freshly minted at this time, so please bear with us during the construction phase. And the reason we’ve chosen the web-log platform for this site is to invite you to comment, […]