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The Silharas of Kohlapur, A survey of temples in Kohlapur and vicinity

This project built on my MA dissertation (MS University of Baroda) "the Koppesvara temple at Khidrapur: a study of architectural renovations". That work focused on the stylisc analysis of the temple architecture. A large number of temples of this period have been destroyed or perished over time, and there was a clear need to develop more detailed documentation of the Kolhapur area in the Sikhara period. This grant allowed me to make a start with this work. I hope (2001) to undertake the study of the architecture of the Northern and Southern Konkan for a PhD.

Photo-documentation of mural paintings of Christian Churches of Kerala

By career I am a biology teacher, and my interest in the field of art is actually extra curricular. However I am trying to co-relate my career with the field of art by doing some studies related to art-conservation. I have conducted some studies on bio-deterioration of objects of cultural value in Kerala where this is (2001) a pioneering attempt. The encouragement and financial support provided by the NTICVA grant was helpful for preparing the background of the present study.

Pillar sculptures of the Mahamandapa of Ramaswamy Temple

The findings of the project were communicated in national seminars. Based on these pilot studies I have now (2001) undertaken a major project, funded by the University Grants Commission. Simultaneously I have been doing a PhD on the ecological and environmental impact on monuments and their conservation and hope to develop this in the context of temple studies. The funding shortages in my institution were balanced by the timely awards received from your Trust, and my project work was also considered as part of my career development evaluation by my institution.

To study Rashtrakuta influences in Tamil Nadu

The topic  for my second award was so chosen because there is very scanty material available on the subject which forms a vital part of Tamilnadu (an art rich state). Tamilnadu, known for its rich art and culture is equally adept at adopting cultures of other states, and in this sense, the art influences of one of the major dynasties of South India assume importance. These awards have given me encouragement and have honed my skills to view the subject in a different perspective. After completing the project report, I have given lectures to junior staff about my observations.