A 14 night expedition to understand and absorb the various art forms, architectural beauty, traditions, culture and history of south India along with a small infusion of Maldivian heritage.
Tour Cost: On Request
Single Supplement: On Request
The mind-boggling two-week long program comprises a perfect blend of lectures, field trips and demonstrations (live shows) showcasing the distinct South Indian style of art and architecture. It also seeks to provide a deeper insight into the history and traditions of the region. The program concludes in the stunning backdrop of sea and sand in Maldives where Arab and Roman connections are weaved into the story . This program is led by experts in the field of art, history and archaeology .
The history of South Indian art begins at a central Indian mountain range called “Vindhyachal” where Neolithic people left behind permanent expression of their world in the form of rock art. Remnants of their performing arts (like terracotta and pottery) are surviving till date as animistic ritual practices of the present day tribal people who live in this region.
The descendants of Neolithic man assimilated with the Mediterranean and evolved into a new racial group called the Dravidians around 3000 BC. However , around 1500 BC when the Dravidians were hit with attacks from pastoral groups in Central Asia, it triggered an exodus and they moved further south in the subcontinent. Around 300 BC, there emerged three major Dravidian dynasties ruling south India- Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas. Under their rule, art, architecture and literature flourished.
Following the decline of these dynasties came the Pallavas between the fourth and ninth centuries AD. They revolutionized temple architecture in the country . This was followed by the re-emergence of the Cholas who enjoyed a much more powerful spell this time around, conquering large parts of the Indian subcontinent. Long after the Cholas, the Nayaks ruled south India and made a few contributions to art themselves. The Nayaks were then ousted by the Marathas from Western India who brought in their styles and patterns to south India. Subsequently , the British took over and significantly influenced art styles across the southern part of the country .
This program is conceived to introduce the many brilliant art forms of South India as an experiential learning vacation with a group of experts. The program covers many locations in South India to covering all the important facets of South Indian art. The program is led by an Indian ethnography Expert. Several authorities and opinion makers of South Indian art also join the program from time to time to conduct workshops, presentations and informal discussions. There is ample opportunity to experience performing arts and to interact with artists. Several Dravidian sculptures, icons, seals, jewellery and decorative art forms have been unearthed from archaeological ruins in southern India. We will get to learn more about those. The program ends in the Maldives where we y across this stunning archipelago by sea planes to study the Roman connection. Roman coins and amphoras have been excavated in the Peninsular and in the islands of Maldives. Enjoy three nights in a soothing island resort at Maldives to summarize the program and enjoy tropical sun and sand before heading back.
Tracing the origins of South Indian Art in lesser known villages and areas of Tamil Nadu interacting with temple architects, sculptors and performing artists
Extensive interaction and active learning with the rural community to learn more about their traditions, art forms and lifestyle.
Enlightening interpretations of artefacts and classical styles in Dravidian art.
Themed dinners whisking you back to the 1st Century BC Sangam Age and the later Chola period.
A complete immersion into the art, architecture, dance forms, traditional styles and history of the region by means of lectures and multiple demonstrations
A unique and exciting add-on with three nights in Maldives to appreciate Maldivian heritage and draw links with India, Arabs and the Romans
Fulbright scholars and ethnography experts from Bharat Travel Service (P) Ltd. leading this expedition
Day 01: Arrival in Chennai
Day 02: Chennai
Day 03: Chennai
Day 04: Pondicherry
Day 05: Pondicherry
Day 06: Thanjavur
Day 07: Thanjavur
Day 08: Thanjavur
Day 09: Madurai
Day 10: Madurai
Day 11: Thiruvananthapuram
Day 12: Maldives
Day 13: Maldives
Day 14: Maldives
Day 15: Maldives-Departure
Activity Particulars: TBA