Flute playing male musician
This beautifully carved male musician is playing the flute accompanied by two musicians. On the bottom left, a lady musician playing the taala, and on the bottom right, a male musician is playing the flute. 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 (front portion of the temple). Each of these figures is attached to a bracket placed at an angle just below the eaves of the temple. The base of the sculpture is mounted on the side of a pillar just below its capital.
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