Ancient Murals ‘Ravaged’ at Kuttralam Temple

By T. S. Subramanian
A mural at the Kuttralam temple after ‘restoration’
INDIA---Several hundreds of ancient murals at Kuttralanatha Swamy temple, at Kuttralam, Tamil Nadu, have been ravaged using gaudy colours by local artists engaged by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi, allege art historians. The temple in Tirunelveli district comes under the Tamil Nadu Government’s Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments’ (HR &CE) Department. The latter handed over the project of restoration of these murals to INTACH’s Indian Council of Conservation Institutes (ICCI), New Delhi. The 400-year old murals, belonging to the Nayaka period, are located in a mantapa called Chithra Sabhai, in the temple. [link]

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