Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Flute playing male musician

Sculpture of a flute playing male musician mounted on a pillar on the south side of Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, Karnataka, India

Flute playing male musician

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.

It is mounted on the corner pillar (number 11) of the fifth section (S5) of the exterior wall on the south side of the Navaranga.

Male Bracket Figures
Narthaka – Davane playing male dancer
Davane playing male musician

Shilābālikes – Female Bracket Figures
Darpana Sundari, Sukha Bhasini, Nātya Sundari, Gāna Sundari, Kesha Sundari, Tribhangi, Nagna Sundari, Kapāla Durga, Koravanji, Nātya Mohini, Betegārthi

Related Pages
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Exterior
Kappe Chennigaraya Shrine
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Magnificent Hoysala Temple Dedicated to Vishnu

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