ABOUT THE BOOK:
This book entitled Text and traditions: Technical aspects of Temple construction during the Vijayangara period in Andhradesa’s consists of five chapters. Chapter I- Introduction, chapter II-Architectural features of Vijayangara temples, chapter II text and traditions: techniques of temple construction during the Vijayangara Period Chapter IV –Techniques of Temple construction. In chapter II the discussion on the architectural features of vijayangara temples began with plan a brief description on the, elevation, Individual shirines, mandapas, gopuras, prakaras and rathas (stone Cars) of the vijayanagara period, chapter III, portrays information on Texts and Traditions: Techniques of temple construction during the vijayanagara perod is mentioned in the classical literature such as the Epics, Puranas Agamas and Silpa Sastras. The Agamas, incidentally deal with architectural subjects; their contributions to the silpa-sastra are, however, more extensive and valuable. Some of the Agamas deal with very technical matters, which are not met with in the Puranas. Moreover some Agamas to all intents and purposes are but architectural treatises. In chapter IV entitled techniques of temple construction: A case study of Madana Gopala Swamy Temple, Jetprolu, it is detailed on the location of the village historical background, architecture, on plan and elevation of the temple, techniques of the temple construction, right from selection of site till its completion. The last and penultimate chapter IV is termed as conclusion. This chapter draws conclusions of the research scholar and recapitulates the entire study right from setting the agenda for research till fulfilling the objective of study through substantial data culled from the field survey, The chapter also highlights the major achievements of the study and it is for the first time that such a rare attempt is made on enquiring into the Silpa and agamatexts and testing with the actual traditions and techniques that the silpins followed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. P. Subramani born on 1.6.1955 underwent a 4 years course in traditional sculpture and architecture at S V institute for Traditional sculpture and Architecture Tipurati. He did M.A. from Andhra University Visakhapatnam and M.A (Jyotisham) and received M. Phil and and Ph.D Degree from P S Telugu University, Hyderabad Receved 2 gold medals for contribution in the field of Art and Architecture from His Excellency the governor of Andhra Pradesh. He is Associated with many academic bodies like The AP History congress, Vashthu Vedic Research foundation, Indian History Congress. Indian Art History Congress and Participated in many seminars. Worked as Sthapati in endowments Department and later taught traditional sculpture and architecture at SV Institute for Traditional Sculpture and architecture, Tirupati for 32 years . He wrote books-viz. Prasad Lakshanam and Mana Devalayalu. He has built many temples all over India. He is the recipient of Hamsa Devlok. He is the recipient of Hemsa Kalaratna Award and a of Rs. 50,000 from Government of Andhra Pradesh for excellence.