Research & Publication
As a research and publication division the Southern Regional Centre (SRC) is
committed to exploring fundamental concepts, combining the textual with the
oral, visual with the aural and theory with practise. It endeavours to
prepare a comprehensive database of primary and secondary sources. Some of
the projects undertaken by SRC are as follows:
Text and Tool (Sculptors' Camp)
A workshop based on the Kashyapa Shilpa was held from from 9th to 30th March
2008, involving distinguished sculptors icons. Six shilpies, two gurus and
12 students were selected for the project.
Temple Traditions and Festivals at
Melukote is one of the four holy centres for the Sri Vaishnavas. The temple
dedicated to Cheluva Narayana is interesting for its yearlong rituals. A
comprehensive digitised documentation of the rituals, in a CD Rom has been
Documentation of the Gommata Mahamastakabhisheka
Documentation of the rituals proceeding and the final day of the
Mahamastakabhisheka of Bahubali at Sravanabelgola during Feb. 2006 were
undertaken. The documentation covered the ritual procedure in exclusive
details and was telecast on DD.
Mahabharata Utsavawas held under the aegis of Mahabharat Samshodhana
Pratistanam from 13 to 21 November, 2005.
Documentation of Vanishing Folk Traditions (September 2005 - August 2006)
This was a collaborative programme undertaken by IGNCA SRC and Directorate
of Kannada and Culture. The programme under the title ‘Evening in Samsa’,
vanishing folk traditions were held on the last Tuesday of each month.
Twenty four presentations were held between September 2005 and August 2006.
These presentations have all been documented.
Creative presentation of the Sanskrit play Svapnavasavadattam
Svapnavasavadattam is a classic in six acts by the renowned Sanskrit poet,
Bhasa. The richness of the Indian traditional play based on the principles
of Bharata's Natya Shastra was staged and documented on electronic media.
This would serve as a module for presentation of Sanskrit plays. The play
was telecast on DD 9 Channel in eight episodes during August and September,
2004. Report and photos can be viewed under EVENTS.
(Theory of Rasa-Dhwani-Aauchitya-Vakrokti as applied to all major art forms
in an universal way)
This project will focus on the scientific and applicable features pertaining
to rasa, dhwani, aauchitya and vakrokti. The study will address these
theories and their application to contemporary practises. A seminar was held
on August 24, 2004 with the following resource persons-Mahamahopadhyaya
Dr.R.Satyanarayana, Padma Bhushan Dr.PadmaSubrahmanyam, Shatavadhani
Dr.R.Ganesh and Dr.Choodamani Nandagopal all of whom presented papers.
Prof.G.C.Tripathi, Dr.N.Ramanathan, Prof. Pappu Venugopal and
Dr.S.R.Ramaswamy also participated in the seminar and Prof.S.K.Ramachandra
Rao was in the Chair. The papers are being vetted with a view to bring out a
Aptoryama Soma Yaga (April 10-20,
The seventh and the biggest of the seven important Soma yagas, this included
the Garuda Chayana, the main fire altar which is constructed with one
thousand baked clay bricks in the shape of an eagle with outstretched wings.
The Yaga was conducted by the Vedic Yajna Prathistan, Mulankunnathukavu and
Om Shanti Dham, Bangalore. A team of scientists from NIMHANS, ISRO, NAL,
IISc and other National institutes conducted studies of the Yaga's effect on
nature, human beings, animals and plants. IGNCA SRC co-ordinated the
documentation of the event. The Media Unit of IGNCA telecast episodes of the
event on DD Bharati.
Documentation of Mural Paintings of South India.
This project focuses attention on the art historical study and state of
preservation of mural painting sites found in South India. So far 20 sites
have been documented. Presently a database of collated visual material is
Adipatti Nayanmar Ritual
This socio cultural ritual is celebrated by the fisher community at
Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. Each year the community jointly rejoices the
final emancipation of Adipatti Nayanmar from worldly attachments. The
highlight of the festival is the enactment each year by a fisherman chosen
to represent Adipatti himself. Observed once in a year the festival was
celebrated for many years but it is only in recent times that the ritual has
gained considerable popularity. IGNCA SRC has documented the celebration of
this festival. The report was also featured in the IGNCA newsletter
‘Vihangama’ Vol VI November-December 2003.