Folktales, Myths and Legends on Sculptors of South India


History speaks on sculptures and silent on sculptors; whereas folktales take contradictory position towards this phenomenon. The folktales, Myths and legends on sculptors of south India narrate the dark shades of the life of sculptors. The present paper is intended to explore the tales from south India and hypothetically propose the four processes occurring in the narration of these stories: 1. demonisation 2.suppression 3.marginalisation 4.devaluation So far, intensive studies have been carried out on the south Indian sculptures in scholarly texts. The major works have concentrated on the aesthetic elements of the sculptures rather than sculptors. So, finding the colossal void, present paper would discuss the narration. The paper is confined to the mythology of Thvastr-Vishwaroopa in Sanskrit and legends of Jakkana - Dankana in Kannada, shambhu Kalkuda - Beera Kalkuda in Tulu, Raman Perunthacchan-Kannan Perunthacchan in Malayalam. These are the major mythological and legendary characters. The paper would use folktales, Myths and legends as primary sources and history works as secondary sources and it also would examine the adaptations of the folktales into theatrical, performing art form and cinematic works. A fraction between the history and the legend is observed : historians have started Questioning the very existence of these legendary sculptors and at the same time, folmlorists are placing the counter points. Reading the reflections over each other would provide the multiple layers of meanings.

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Balakrishna BM Hosangadi, Kannur University, India

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Conference: LibrAsia2017
Stream: Literature - Folktales, Myths and Legends

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