The book presence a comprehensive study of the later Pandya temples, their general and specific architectural features, sculptural embellishments, paintings on the walls and bronze images produced during the period of the study. It also traces the social life of the people, caste system prevailed and honors and recognition received by different caste people from the kings. The religious sects which prevailed and the patronage of the rulers, royal members and officials are elaborately dealt with. The development of literature and learning during the later Pandya period is also explained exhaustively. The book justifies the significant contribution of the later Pandyas in equal footing with the Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagara-Nayaka rulers.
He has 73 papers published both in international and national journals in his credit. He has been invited by the Ministry of Hindu Cultural Affairs, Colombo, Sri Lanka, for six consecutive years to present papers, chair the seminar sessions and deliver special and inaugural addresses. He has been awarded by the State Government of Tamilnadu for his book History of Buddhist Art (in Tamil) in April 2013. Some of his other books include, Facets of Indian Art and Culture (1995); Museology: Museum and its Techniques (1996); Social, Cultural and Art History of Tamilnadu (1997, 2017); Virudhunagar District - An Archaeological Source Book (as co-author, 2000); History of Performing Arts in Tamilnadu (2004); The saiva Temple of India: A Study on Ramesvaram Temple (2013). He was the editor of the Proceedings of the South Indian History Congress for four consecutive years. Some of the notable responsibilities he held in the university are: Director-in-charge of Academic Staff College, Deputy Director in Distance Education, N.S.S. Coordinator and Additional Controller of Examinations.
The first and introductory chapter gives a brief historical sketch of the later Pandyas and explains the aims and purpose of the present study.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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