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Mamallapuram Stone Sculptures

  • The hand-crafted stone sculptures of Mamallapuram have been recently granted the Geographical Indications (GI) tag.
  • The exquisite rock-sculpting techniques exhibited in Mamallapuram date back to early 7th century CE.
  • The Pallava dynasty, which ruled the area between 6 and 9th centuries A.D., is responsible for the development of port town as a centre of art and architecture.
  • Mahendravarman (AD 580-630), his son Narasimhavarman I Mamalla (AD 630-668), Paramesvaravarman (A.D. 672-700) and Narasimhavarman II Rajasimha (A.D. 700-728) had contributed the most of sculptures.
  • Mamallapuram was named after the king Narasimhavarma Pallava, who was also known as Mamallan (great wrestler).
  • Sculptors use blue metal for stone sculptors instead of granite which has high density and very costly.

GI tags

  • Tamil Nadu is first among the states in India with regard to the number of GI tags for its products, while Uttar Pradesh comes second.
  • Darjeeling Tea was the first Indian product to get a Geographic Indication in the early 2000s.
  • Tamil Nadu has submitted 50 products of which 24 have been approved by the registry.
  • The most famous among these is the Kanchipuram silk.
  • Coimbatore wet grinder, artisans of Vadasery in Nagercoil who make dazzling jewellery of a unique kind for temples, Tanjavur Dancing Doll are some of the products that have obtained the GI certificate.
November 2023