Mahabalipuram - Unfinished Poem in Stone
Mahabalipuram, a world heritage site, holds an important place in the art history of the Tamil country and of India. Its temples and sculptures are not only some of the earliest in this region, but also significant in variety and elegance. . The entire gamut of temple architecture you can see within walking distance: the cave-temples, the monoliths, structural temples, and open-air bas-reliefs, making it is a one-stop shop for the Pallava plastic art. Its sculptures are characterized, by the softness and suppleness of their modeling and the influence of its sculptures spread to the East.
S. Swaminathan was born in Pudukkottai, Tamilnadu in 1940. After professionally qualifying in Mechanical Engineering, he worked in Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi for more than 30 years teaching Mechanical Engineering. Holding a view that at the core of engineering are mathematics, physics and mechanics, he has attempted teaching engineering from a basic angle in which he has conducted a number of experiments. In his view the thrust of the science and technology establishment should be towards helping the ‘poorest of the poor’. His research and development activities were primarily in this direction. He is also a social activist and participates in socially relevant projects. He worked in Centre for Rural Development in IIT Madras, Bharath Gyan Vigyan Samithy, Delhi as the National Coordinator for watershed development and Integrated Rural Technology Centre, Palakkad, Kerala.