FUSION ROCK ART
- Recently a fascinating fusion of rock art is found in A.P.’s Rudragiri by Archaeological Survey of India.
- Rudragiri hillock in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, is a home to celebrated historical past and remarkable archaeological monuments.
- This site unveils a fascinating combination of pre historic rock paintings from the Mesolithic period and exquisite artwork from the Kakatiya dynasty.
- Rudragiri, nestled amidst the Eastern Ghats, features five naturally formed rock shelters at its foothills.
- These shelters served as living quarters for people during the Mesolithic age around 5000 B.C..
- They bear witness to the luminous rock paintings of that era.
- Interestingly, two natural caves at the southern end of the hillock also exhibit exceptional murals from the renowned Kakatiya kingdom.
ABOUT FUSION ART:
- These caves showcase the artistic brilliance of the Kakatiya period.
- While many have suffered damage over time due to exposure to the elements, some sketches and outlines have managed to survive.
- The paintings, adorned with a variety of colours derived from white kaolin and different pigments, depict captivating scenes from the epic Ramayana.
- Despite the impact of nature’s wrath, fragments of these paintings offer valuable insights into their creation during the 13th century A.D.
- The first cave, starting from the southern end of the hillock, presents a narrative mural portraying the intense battle between the Vanara brothers — Vali and Sugriva.
- In the middle cave, a grand sketch of Hanuman, accompanied by sacred symbols of the conch (Sankha) and the fire altar (Yagna Vedi), captures visitors’ attention.
- Hanuman is depicted carrying the Sanjivani hill in his hand, symbolising his mission to save Lakshmana’s life.
- The third cave houses the prehistoric rock paintings from the Mesolithic era.
- Interestingly, the Kakatiya artist chose the same rock shelter to superimpose the elegant figure of Hanuman, who is portrayed in a unique ‘Anjali’ posture, folding his hands in a divine offering.
- Remarkably, the Ramayana figures neither overshadow the Mesolithic drawings nor diminish their scenic beauty.
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