Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Davane playing male musician

Davane playing male musician - A bracket figure mounterd on the exterior wall of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Davane playing male musician

Davane playing male musician
The image shows a bracket figure of a male musician – indicated by his mustache and beard – playing a small davane, a two-sided drum-like percussion instrument played with a stick slightly curved at the end. He is accompanied by two male musicians at the bottom who are playing the dolu, which is also a two-sided drum-like percussion instrument played with hands.

Like his female counterparts in the bracket figures, he is wearing a lot of jewelry, including large loop earrings, armbands, and necklaces. As for his hair, he has a long ponytail held up behind his head. Because of stance, it appears he is dancing while beating his davane. As with the other bracket figures, the background is a finely carved creeper.

This male musician is one of the only three male figures among 42 bracket figures (38 outside and 4 inside) in the temple and is located on the last pillar on the south side of exterior wall surrounding the the front portion of temple, known as the navaranga. Each of these figures is attached to a bracket placed at an angle just below the eaves of the temple, with its base mounted just below the capital of a pillar.

This bracket figure is located on the eighth section (S8) of the south side wall and its number is 18 in the Navaraga layout.

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

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

Related Pages
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Magnificent Temple Dedicated to Vishnu

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