Friday, August 3, 2018

Buddhism carved in stone

By Roshne Balasubramanian
Amaravati sculptures are as important as the Sanchi and Behrut sculptures
If you head to the Egmore Government museum and walk into one of its most popular gallery — The Amaravati — you will surely be transported to a different time and age. Sculptures, pillars and fragments of a Buddhist stupa dating back to the 2nd century BC, astounding art that is of historic, aesthetic, religious, epigraphic value and relevance, all brought to the museum in the middle of the 19th century, from an abandoned city of the Satavahana era, to get its due attention. R Gopu, a popular city-based historian, who will be curating a talk and walk on one of the great treasures of the Egmore museum, the Amaravati gallery, this weekend, gives us a peek into what’s in store. [More]