notes by Professor Subramanian Swaminathan

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Professor Subramanian Swaminathan is a retired IIT Proffessor, Delhi, (Mechanical Engineering). He was instrumental in making the Brihadambal Temple Concert recently held on Jan 9th. He introduced Pudukkotai Archeological relics to the people (from Brhaddhvani) who had been to this trip.  He is a cousin of Dr. Karaikudi Subramanian.

To read an article about his works, in The Hindu Newspaper, click the following link:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/saving-sittanavasal/article5827723.ece

To know more on the trip and Brihadambal Temple concert click below link:

https://globemuse.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/children-dr-ksspudukottai-trip-temple-concert-archeological-tour/

On request, Mr. Swaminathan has written the following note on the same for our readers;

The Samasthanam of Pudukkottai had an unbroken tradition of nearly 350 years of promoting art and culture of the Tamil country. Its contribution in the field of music and dance are noteworthy. Not only many leading artistes decorated the Tondiaman court, but many from Pudukkottai contributed to these art forms immensely. The Manpundia school of mridangam and Tirugokarnam (better known as Karaikkudi) veena school are two examples. Some of the kings in the line were well-versed in them, like Vijayaraghunatharaya Tondaiman, a contemporary of Music Trinity of Tiruvarur, was a great composer himself. The Brihadambal Temple, a temple of 8th century vintage, was the venue for performance. But after the smasthanam’s merger with the Indian Union all these art forms went into oblivion because of lack of official patronage.

Interestingly, all the musical inscriptions of Tamilnadu, like the Kudumianmalai inscription, lies within this district, adding to its musical importance.
Brihadambal Aradhana is an effort to bring back the glorious tradition with popular support.
Subramanian Swaminathan
he can be reached at sswami99@gmail.com
Below are some of the links he has shared with us:

Srirangam Site-seminar  https://thtsiteseminars.wordpress.com/

Ajanta – An overview http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab5f8-Y2MyN/Ajanta_Paintings;

Ajanta – Mahajanaka Jataka http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab601-N2Y3O/Ajanta_Paintings__Appreciation_of_Mahajanaka_Jataka

Ajanta – Its Textile Heritage http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab604-ZjNmN/Ajanta__Its_Textile_Heritage

Sittannavasal monuments http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab5e5-MjliY/Monuments_of_Sittannavasal_in_Pudukkottai

Sittannavasal – a proposal for preserving its paintings http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab71b-MDZiY/Sittannavasal__a_proposal_for_preserving_its_paintings

Jaina Vestiges in Pudukkottai http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab60b-MmQ4Z/Jaina_vestiges_in_Pudukkottai;

Pudukkottai – Its contribution to Tamil Culture http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab60f-ZjE1M/Pudukkottai__Its_contribution_to_Tamil_culture

Lalitankura-Pallava-Griham – Pallava Cave Temple on Rockfort, Tiruchirappalli http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab607-ZGEyM/Pallava_Cave_Temple_on_Rockfort_in_Tiruchirappalli

Mahabalipuram Monuments – Part 1 (Introduction) http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab62b-MGUzM/Mahabalipuram_Monuments__Part_1_Introduction

Mahabalipuram Monuments – Part 2 (Cave temples)

http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab62d-YzM3M/Mahabalipuram_Monuments__Part_2_Cave_temples

Mahabalipuram Monuments – Part 3 (Rathas)

http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab640-YTRiN/Mahabalipuram_Manuments__Part_3_Rathas

Mahabalipuram Monuments – Part 4 (Structural temples)

http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab641-ZTU1Z/Mahabalipuram_Manuments__Part_4_Structural_temples

Mahabalipuram Manuments – Part 5 (Open-air bas-reliefs)

http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab63f-NzMwZ/Mahabalipuram_Manuments__Part_5_Openair_basreliefs

Story of scripts – Part 1 Introduction (55 slides)

http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab6e2-YTY1N/Story_of_scripts__Part_1_Introduction

Story of scripts – Part 2 Sumerian Cuneiform (44 slides)

http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab6f0-YjkwM/Story_of_scripts__Part_2_Sumerian_Cuneiform

Story of scripts – Part 3 Egyptian Hieroglyphs (67 slides)

http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab6f2-MDMyN/Story_of_scripts__Part_3_Egyptian_Hieroglyphs

Story of Scripts – Part 5 Meso-American Scripts (98 slides)

http://www.powershow.com/view/2ab716-OGFjM/Story_of_Scripts__Part_5_MesoAmerican_Scripts

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