Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Nātya Sundari (Dancing Beauty) – Lizard chasing a fly in the background

Nātya Sundari (Dancing Beauty) - Lizard chasing a fly in the background - A bracket figure mounted on a pillar at the south entrance of Belur Chennakeshava Temple, Karnataka, India

Nātya Sundari (Dancing Beauty) – Lizard chasing a fly in the background

Nātya Sundari (Dancing Beauty) – Lizard chasing a fly in the background
This finely carved shilābālike is dancing accompanied by two musicians at the bottom, one playing a tāla and the other playing a dolu. She is unaware of the presence of a lizard behind her chasing a fly on a fruit (most likely a jack fruit).

This is one of the 38 bracket figures mounted atop a pillar on the exterior wall surrounding the navaranga (front portion) of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple. Each of these figures is attached to an inclined bracket placed just below the eaves of the temple. The base of the sculpture is mounted on the side of a pillar just below its capital.

Nātya Sundari is mounted on the right middle pillar at the southern entrance, and she is figure number 13 in the navaranga layout.

Other Shilābālikes
Darpana Sundari, Sukha Bhashini, Nātya Sundari, Gāna Sundari, Kesha Sundari, Tribhangi, Nagna Sundari, Kapāla Durga, Koravanji, Nātya Mohini, Betegārthi

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

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

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