Tamil University, Thanjavur

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Department of Sculpture


Department of Sculpture

The Department of Sculpture, established in September 1981 has undertaken more than a dozen research projects and brought out a four-volume Encyclopaedia of Hindu Iconography with Dr.Raju Kalidoss as Chief Editor. Concentration of research is mainly on the impact of Bhakti literature on the art and culture of India, in general and those of the State of TamilNadu in particular. Apart from facilities for doing research towards M.Phil. and Ph.D., the Department has a P.G programme in History, Art and Culture.

Courses offered

Master of Arts (MA History of Indian Art & Culture)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil History)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD History)


=> Identification of new research areas in Indian art history and undertaking research in those areas
=> Documentation of ancient and traditional sculptures of India
=> Documentation of Tamil and Sanskrit iconography terminologies
=> Establishment of photographic archives of sculptures
=> To train the students on the science of sculpture through trained sthapathis
=> To study regional and sub-regional affinities and variations of the styles of sculpture
=> To study the features of temple sculptures in the light of the devotional hymns of the Nayanmars and Alvars.


=> The faculty members of the department have completed 15 research projects
=> The Department has organized 20 seminars, workshops and refresher courses.
=> The faculty members have so far published 10 books.


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