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Kerala Murals, Mural Paintings, Kerala Mural Artists

Taking  into  account  several  murals  which  are  dated:  Two  painted  verses dated  1691  A.D  in  Pallimanna  Siva  Temple  at  Kumbalanad,  Trichur, Murals  in  Sankaranarayana  shrine  of  the  Vadakkunatha  temple  complex at  Trichur  dated  1731  A.D,  the  Kerala  Murals  may  be  traced  back  to the  seventeenth  century  and  was  at  its  artistic  peak  till  the  nineteenth century. The revival of the Bhakti Movement by great literary geniuses like  Melapattur  Narayanan  Bhattatiri  (1560-1646)  and  Putanam Nambudiri  (1547-1640)  saw  the  rise  of  temple  arts  through  their devotional literature. Thus a number of temples sprang up with murals and  woodcarvings  in  various  temples  on  themes  like  the  Puranas, Ramayana and the Mahabharata. This evidence also dates the murals to the  mid  seventeenth  century.  Though  the  evidence  of  murals  is  traced back to the post Ajanta period and a number of cave engravings found, there is no doubt that the Kerala Murals flourished between the seventeenth and  the  nineteenth  centuries.

Simplicity  of  subjects,  technical  excellence,  thematic  presentation,  bold  but delicate strokes, bright and beautiful colours, idealistic reproduction of humans, animals and trees are what characterize Kerala Murals. Subjects taken out straight from the Puranas or Ramayana or Mahabharata are illustrated highly stylistically and brilliantly. It brings out a certain depth of human feelings of passion and spiritual endeavor. In conception and composition, the murals have attained its highest artistic excellence. The dignified poise of the figures with expression of the faces that is so graceful yet dynamic is an important  feature  in  a  Kerala  Mural.  Every  character  appears  to  have  their  own  charm  from  the  beautiful and graceful figures of Gods to the devouring demon. Even a demon in an act of destruction spells out charm and  whose  activity  is  appreciated  and  admired    thus  displaying  an  artistic  skill  and  brilliance.

Hoysala Art is far from the Kerala murals in terms of technique and style but with regards to ornamentation of  the  figures,  it  follows  more  or  less  a  similar  style.  Over  ornamentation  of  figures  is  what  brings  Kerala Murals and Hoysala Art together. Both male and female figures are heavily jeweled and beaded. The colours are  bright  and  vibrant.


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