Peter de Bruijn

Kāraikkālammaiyār

Part 1: An iconographical and textual study

Part 2: Poems for Siva

ISBN 978-90-811564-1-7

148 pp.  19 colour plates, 13 B/W plates

Published February 2007

Price: € 40

 

An iconographical and textual study on the most famous Indian female poet Kāraikkālammaiyār, one of the 63 nāyanmār or Śaiva saints.

In the book the idea of the poet Kāraikkālammaiyār being depicted in Indian and Southeast Asian art is discussed. During research in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia during 1994-2006, the author found (mainly) arthistorical material that has not been published or discussed before and that gives the idea of Kāraikkālammaiyār being depicted in South- or Southeast Asian art a twist.

As a textual source for this research the complete work of the poet translated in English is included. This work is interesting for scholars and specialists of South Indian and Khmer art.

It describes the dwelling place of Śiva Naţarāja., the forest at Tiruvalangadu  in South India where Śiva performed his famous dance.

As mythology tells us, Kāraikkālammaiyār formerly known as the beautiful Punitavati, literally gave up her life in this world to worship Siva and to accompany him in his dance on the cremationfields in Tiruvalangadu.

 

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Peter de Bruijn

Poems for Śiva

Illustrated with masterpieces of Hindu art

ISBN 978-90-811564-2-4

106 pp., 22 colour plates, 16 B/W

Published February 2007

Price: € 35 (Black & White edition € 25)

 

Poems for Śiva contains the complete work of the female Śaiva saint and poet Kāraikkālammaiyār. The South Indian poet Kāraikkālammaiyār is probably to be dated to the 7th century and she is one of the 63 nāyanmār or Śaiva saints. In this book the complete work ascribed to Kāraikkālammaiyār is translated.

A very detailed description is given of one of the most famous depictions in Indian art, namely the dancing Śiva Naţarāja. Besides this, Kāraikkālammaiyār wrote some very detailed verses on her own appearance and many other gods, minor deities and Hindu myths. These descriptions are illustrated with many (colour) plates. For this a selection of some Hindu masterpieces is made from India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

This work is interesting for scholars and specialists of South Indian art and culture but also is an excellent work to those interested in Hindu culture and the expression of devotion to the Hindu god Śiva. Because of the focus of the poet on the dancing Śiva, many aspects of this book are related to current classical Indian dances as Bharat Nātyam.

 

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Peter de Bruijn

Visvakarman. A selection of South- and Southeast Asian art. (in Dutch).

ISBN 978-90-811564-3-1

99 pp., 44 B/W plates

Published November 2007

Price: € 12,50

 

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