SOUTH INDIA TRIP

SOUTH INDIA TRIP

Our students of second year started their south india trip on 30th june 2017 with our two faculties and a team from Ar.Sivith kumar (CEPT) to teach techniques in outdoor sketching and visual documentation.

DAY 1

MYSORE- THE CITY OF PALACES. The Palace of Mysore is a historical palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, Southern India. The students visited Mysore palace, the residence and seat of the Wodeyars - the rulers of Mysore. Students were very excited seeing the architectural style of the domes of the palace and Indo-Saracenic architecture and the blends of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. After seeing the exemplary work of the place students were given a quick assignment of sketching from their perspective. Later they were taken to JAGANMOHAN PALACE where they studied the various types of art works and portraits done by famous artists. Finally the students spent their dusk in BRINDHAVAN GARDEN which lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam. They enjoyed seeing the nature’s beauty of Srirangapatna and the renovated musical fountain using a digitized system and repairs of dysfunctional fountains.

DAY 2

SHRAVANABELAGOLA near Channarayapatna of Hassan district. It was a tough day as the students began climbing about 700 steps bare foot. But it was worth climbing as they were astonished seeing 58-feet tall monolithic statue of the GOMMATESHWARA BAHUBALI at Shravanabelagola. It is one of the most important tirthas in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity. Then they were taken to HOYSALESWARA TEMPLE at Halebidu .They was stunned seeing the architecture and contemporary inscriptions. They were split into groups to start up their sketching work in which they were asked to sketch the temple only with horizontal lines. They were taught how to sketch with right scale and proportion.

DAY 3

HAMPI an important religious centre, located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Empire. They stepped into the VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE known as the Pampavathi temple, an ancient temple in the Hampi bazaar. The students were taught about temple architecture and asked to visit the three gopuras of the temple. Then they were taken to Ruins of Jain Temple at Hemkuta hills and were split into groups to sketch the Jain temple and the Ganesha temple. They learnt the techniques of charcoal sketching and got definite knowledge of the types of mediums, selection of mediums and how it should be used. Then they were assigned for a quick exercise on live sketching.

DAY 4

HAMPI complex the vittala temple. The students started their day at the VITTALA TEMPLE, HAMPI – An Architectural Wonder. The students were very thrilled seeing the approach and the marvels of vittala temple which is well known for its exceptional architecture and craftsmanship. The iconic temple amazed them with its stone structure and the incomparable stone chariot. They were also fascinated with its musical pillars and started analyzing the Dravidian architecture of the temple’s grandeur. They started their daily routine of sketching the monuments in their own perspective. The students enjoyed themselves by taking up adventures, moving from place to place to find the hidden monuments of the temple complex

DAY 5

BADAMI CAVE TEMPLES are a complex of Hindu, Jain and possibly Buddhist cave temples. The students roamed around the escarpment of the hill in soft Badami sandstone formation. The windy day helped them to set a fresh mood for sketching sitting in the crooked steps near the pond inspite of their discomfort. Then we moved to the ruined structure which lied in-between the narrow streets of Badami and sketched the ruins of Badami. They learnt the light and shadow effects by charcoal sketching.

DAY 6

AIHOLE is a village having a historic temple complex in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka which is significant and is called the 'cradle of Hindu rock architecture’. The students were inspired seeing the architecture of the DURGA TEMPLE. They started moving around to analyze the technique and the splendid craftsmanship of the temple. Then we moved to PATTADAKKAL TEMPLE COMPLEX, THE VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE which made the students excited with its stunning architecture. They were also amazed seeing the efficient detailing of the temple and they started recalling what they studied. They were asked to do memory sketches at the end.

DAY 7

GOKARNA is a small temple town on the western coast of India in the Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka. The students started their case study in GURUKUL at gokarna. They were asked to study, analyze, sketch and document the building. They were split into 4 groups in which each group would study each gurukul named THE GOPI’S HOUSE, THE SHUBRAMANIAM’S HOUSE, THE JOGLEKAR’S HOUSE respectively and the 4th group was asked to study and document the whole village. They found it very interesting asking about the gurukul system and they were treated in a polite manner by the gurus of the gurukul so that they felt free to rise up with their doubt and clarifications. Finally with lots of dedication they completed their case study successfully in that very humid day.

DAY 8

GOA . the funfilled day stared by visiting the AGUADA FORT taking candid clicks and they moved on to CALANGUTE BEACH were they spent their time in the shore playing around , poking friends, tasting goan flavors, roaming around, sneaking their empty pockets. The day ended visiting the old Goa church astonished by its architectural style finally we waved adios to GOA.