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 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.

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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