A look at the origin and development of stone and metal sculpture in India, the various styles of sculpture and the nuances that need to be noticed to appreciate this tradition.
Chithra Madhavan (Dr) has an M.A and M.Phil from the University of Madras and a Ph.D. from the University of Mysore. She is the recipient of two post-doctoral fellowships from the Department of Culture, Government of India and the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. She is the author of seven books: History and Culture of Tamil Nadu (two volumes), Vishnu Temples of South India (four volumes) and Sanskrit Education and Literature in Ancient and Medieval Tamil Nadu. She has written the text for a coffee-table book Snapshots Of A Bygone Era: A Century of Images, which has more than 100 photographs of various monuments of India. Chithra has co-edited a book South India Heritage: An Introduction containing approximately 500 articles on various aspects of the heritage and culture of South India. She is a guest faculty at various institutions in Chennai such as Kalakshetra Foundation and the Asian College of Journalism. She frequently delivers lectures on temple architecture and iconography at various venues including several IITs.