R. Sairam

MADURAI: All the 122 Tanjore paintings that adorn the ‘kalyanamandapam’ of the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple here will soon have ‘interpretational centres.’

There will be a complete history of each piece, besides an audio-visual programme containing its interpretation.

The suggestions were given to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department by the technical advisory committee formed to review the restoration of the paintings being done by the Regional Conservation Laboratory, Mysore.

“As the paintings are at a higher level, people cannot admire their beauty. The centres could be put up below them. Temple authorities can also organise half-hour programmes to promote tourism,” B.V. Kharbade, head of the Regional Conservation Laboratory, told The Hindu here on Monday.

He was here to take part in a review meeting chaired by M.V. Nair, Director of the National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property, and attended by other experts and temple officials. The programme could be presented in a suitable and feasible mode, he said.

On the progress of the project, he said the unanimous view of the committee was that the restoration work carried out so far conformed to the best conservation practices. The meeting also decided to conduct workshops to keep historians, experts and the public abreast with the progress and achievements of the restoration project.