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Tamil Heritage Trust
Talk, 'Temple Architecture of Kerala: An Overview', by Dr Preeta Nayar exploring the unique features and their continuity over a thousand years.
at 5.30 pm IST on Saturday, July 3, 2021  (talk  in English)

The temple architecture of Kerala is unique - seemingly simple, yet structurally complex. It differs from the Dravida style of Southern and the Nagara style of the Northern India. Influenced by geological, geographical, environmental and ethnic characteristics, temple construction is dominated by timber which is used to create its art and architecture. The proportion and geometry of differently structured components like shrikovil, namaskaramandapam etc., bring about a surprising harmony to the architecture.

Dr Preeta Nayar heads the Department of Archaeology, University of Kerala.  After graduating in Archaeology from M S University of Baroda, India, she received her Ph.D from the same University, specializing in Vaishnava Iconography. She has completed a comprehensive study on Ramayana in Sculptural Art of Kerala. She was the Antiquity Registrar and Co-Director for Pattanam archaeological excavations for six seasons. She has been studying the stone and glass beads excavated from Pattanam and Vizhinjam archaeological sites in Kerala, Mandiripattinam in Tamil Nadu and has made a comparative study of Pattanam and Sumhuram (Khor Rori in Oman) beads for Pisa University, Italy.  She publishes regularly on Indian iconography and edits the Proceedings of Indian Art History Congress. She is one of the editors of the Archaeology Journal The Heritage.
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