"Srikanthika" (Felicitation Volume-1973)
"...Dr S.Srikanta Sastri is a scholar and historian of the highest distinction in Karnataka and it is fitting that an appropriate tribute to his contribution to the advancement of learning should be put on record. His admirers and students are to be warmly congratulated on their endeavour in this direction. It is no less an obligation to bring together studies that pertain to his wide field of scholarly interest and also continue the lines of his investigation. A publication embodying this two fold effort is an altogether admirable mode of honouring the great scholar...."
-S. S. Raghavachar
Published by Geetha Book House, Mysore on behalf of
Dr S. Srikanta Sastri Felicitation Committee
Page 1 of 395
Invitation for Felicitation Function
DR S. SRIKANTA SASTRI FELICITATION VOLUME
Article - I
Some Problems in the Study of Art and Architecture
by T. V. Mahalingam
The study of the art and architecture of any country is fascinating and absorbing and especially so of India where the extant examples show much richness and variety. Though one finds in architecture a repetition of structural principles and in sculpture an almost faithful adherence to canonical injunctions, it is clearly seen that the architect and the artist rise above these limitations to express their creative urge and give scope to their capacity for inventiveness. While ‘architecture’ concerns itself with the raising of structure, ‘art’ is wider in its import and includes in its field almost all forms of creative enterprise, though in our present consideration it is restricted to graphic and plastic arts only. It is difficult to disassociate art and architecture from each other. The unity of sculptural and architectural expression is one of the sublime achievements of ancient India. Take for instance the facades of the Pallava rock-cut caves where friezes of miniature replicas of shrines are essentially sculptural in character bringing out elegantly the outlines and profiles of the excavation. In fact a rock-cut cave or a monolith is sculpt and not constructed and hence it is both a sculptural and architectural expression. It is generally taken that architecture in Tamilnadu started with the early caves of the Pallavas which, after passing through successive stages of development in detail and dimension during the Chola and Pandya periods, culminated in the structures of the Vijayanagar and Nayak periods in South Indian history. Our knowledge of the different stages in the evolution of architecture in the Tamil country is still very slender. A scientific and comprehensive study of this development will be possible only after a detailed survey of all the extant monuments, or at least of the more representative among them in each period and sub-period in the different parts of the area is completed by competent scholars.
Dr S. Srikanta Sastri receiving Felicitation Volume "Srikanthika"
S. R. Rao delivering the inaugural address
L-R: T.T.Sharma, Dr S.R.Rao, Smt Nagarathnamma (Dr S.Srikanta Sastri's wife), Dr S.Srikanta Sastri, Dr D.Javaregowda (then Vice Chancellor of University of Mysore), Dr T.V.Mahalingam (Prof of Ancient History-University of Madras), Dr B.Sheikh Ali (H.o.D of departtment of History-University of Mysore)