Flute playing male musician
This beautifully carved sculpture depicts a male musician playing the flute. As you can see from the image, he is accompanied by two musicians, a lady musician is playing the tāla standing on the bottom left and a male musician is playing the flute standing on the bottom right. He is standing with a tribanga pose (bent in three places, knee, waist, and neck), typically performed in traditional Indian dances like the Odissi, Bharatanatyam, and Kathakali.
The base of this bracket figure has an inscription written in the Halegannada (Old Kannada) script describing the sculptor, most likely inscribed by the sculptor himself.
This sculpture is one of the only three male figures out of 38 bracket figures mounted on the exterior wall surrounding the Navaranga (covered hall in front of the garbhagriha). Each of these figures is attached to a bracket that is placed at an angle just below the eaves of the temple. The base of the bracket is attached to the pillar just below its capital.
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Exterior
– Kappe Chennigaraya Shrine
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