Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Unknown rock-shelters of India

Historic rock-shelters of India.

Hundreds of sites in jungles, caves, hills, and dolmen are being brought to limelight through a project by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts. Several specialists such as archeologist, artist, geographers, geologists, art historians, botanists, anthropologists are involved in this project. Folklore experts are also included in this gigantic team.

The project studies the damages caused by time, nature, and vandals. The study is already over in Jarkhand and Orissa. It is underway in Tamil Nadu, Chattisgarh, Madhya Prqadesh, and Jammu&Kashmir.

More specifically, in Tamil Nadu, this project is being undertaken in collaboration with the University of Pondicherry under the able guidance of Dr. K. Rajan, Professor and Head, Department of History.

This team has already inspected the sites in Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts, and in Palani Hills, it is expected to be over soon. More than 80 sites are to be studied in Tamil Nadu.

Most of sites in Tamil Nadu reveal paintings in rock-shelters (caverns) and Iron Age dolmens (about 1000 BC). Some are with Jaina beds.

These paintings depict hunting scenes, battle scenes, horse-riding, as well as animals like deer, elephant, bison, and also decorative motifs.

Source: The Hindu dated January 27, 2009
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