Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Davane playing narthaki (dancer)

Belur Chennakeshava Temple -Sculpture of a davane playing dancer mounted on a pillar on the south side

Davane playing dancer

Davane playing narthaki
This intricately carved narthaki (dancer) with a traditional Indian dancing stance is playing a small davane, a two-sided hour-glass shaped percussion instrument played with a stick slightly curved at the end. Accompanying her are the two musicians, each playing a dolu, which is also a two-sided drum-like percussion instrument, but played with hands.

The base of this bracket figure has an inscription written in Halegannada (Old Kannada) script inscribed likely by the sculptor describing himself.

This shilābālike is one of the 42 bracket figures that are mounted on the pillars attached to the exterior wall surrounding the navaranga (front portion of the temple). She is on the middle pillar of the fourth section of the south-side exterior wall.

Each bracket figure is attached to a bracket placed at an angle just below the eaves of the temple, and its base is mounted on a pedestal that is attached to the side of a pillar just below its capital.

Other Shilābālikes
Darpana Sundari, Sukha Bhasini, 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 Outer Wall
Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Magnificent Temple Dedicated to Vishnu

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