Repair wrecks historic art in Kumbakonam temple

Lack Of Tech Know-How Is Causing Damage'
A group of art students who recently visited the 10th-century Nageswaran temple in Kumbakonam found that the ongoing renovation work at the temple had damaged rare and precious miniature panels and sculptures inside the temple.

The students said the work was taking place without technical supervision.

“Workers were waterblasting sculptures when we visited the temple a couple of weeks ago,“ said R Vishwanathan, a student of Government College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam. “They tried the `technique' on every sculpture after applying some white paste on the sculpture. The idea was to clean the dirt accumulated on them. But water-blasting is dangerous on ancient pieces of art. A close look revealed that the edges and minute features of the sculptures have been damaged due to waterblasting.“

Members of the renovation team, however, said experts are guiding them............Read more


Source: The Times of India

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