|Agrawala, P.K. Gupta Temple Architecture.
Bachhofer, L. Early Indian Sculpture,
*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.
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 lectures
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 Study Areas)
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 / Published 1986
*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
Moorthy, K.K. - The temples of Tamil Nadu: a 16-flower Tamil Poomalai - foreword
by V. Ramados, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh: Message Publications, 1991 160p
Nagaswamy, R -
Masterpieces of Early South Indian Bronzes
Nagaswamy, R -
Thiruttani and Velanjeri copper plates (T.N.S.D.A.
R -The art of Tamilnadu, (T.N.D.A. pub)
Nagaswamy, R -Gangaikondacholapuram, (T.N.D.A. pub)
R -Vasavasamudram: A report on the excavation conducted by
the Tamilnadu State Department of Archaeology (T.N.D.A.
Nagaswamy, R -The Kailasanatha temple;: A guide, (Tamil Nadu. Dept. of
Archaeology. T.N.D.A. pub. no. 4)
R -Studies in ancient Tamil law and society (T.N.S.D.A.
Nagaswamy, R -Tamil coins: A study (T.N.D.A. pub)
R -Art and culture of Tamil Nadu
- Delhi: Sundeep Prakashan, 1980,184p,
 leaves of plates
Nagaswamy, R -Tantric cult of South India
Nagaswamy, R -Tarangampadi
Nagaswamy, R -Facets of South Indian Art and Architecture
Nagaswamy, R -Siva Bhakti
*Nanditha Krishna,V. K. Rajamani (Photographer)
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
*Rama Sivaram - Early Chola Art
- Origin and Emergence of Style Hardcover 268 p., 320 plates, figures /
(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.
A.K. 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.