A PHOTO exhibition brings to life the great living temples built by kings of the Chola Empire which stretched over all of South India and the neighbouring islands.
The Grandeur of Chola Temples exhibition is being held until Sunday at the Town Hall in the Esplanade, Penang.
It was drawn from the vast photo archives of the Center of Art and Archaeology of the American Institute of Indian Studies in India, which was developed by the centre’s own scholars, photographers and draftsmen during the last 48 years.
Opening the exhibition recently, Deputy Chief Minister ll Dr P. Ramasamy said the event, which is part of the ongoing Festival of India in Malaysia 2015, is an important milestone for familiarising visitors with the art and architectural wealth of the Indian sub-continent.
“The temples depicted the power of Indian rulers, particularly the Chola Empire which ruled in Southern India from the ninth to 13th century, and gives an interes-ting insight into the glory of the Chola dynasty in temple architecture, art and bronzes of India,” he said.
The High Commissioner of India to Malaysia T.S. Tirumurti said that India and Malaysia share civilisational bonds and nowhere is it more manifested than in the field of art, culture and tradition.
He said the archival photographs on display had been digitally restored and specially printed for viewing by Malaysians.
Among the great temples portrayed in the exhibition are the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram.
The exhibition is organised by the High Commission of India in collaboration with the state government and Penang Hindu Endowment Board.
Entry is free and it is open every day from 10am to 6pm.