காவேரி நதி கரை ஓவியங்கள்!


Water-colour painting of the Great Fall of the Cauvery River at Sivasamudram by Thomas Fraser (1776-1823), c.1800. Inscribed on the back in ink is: ‘The Great Fall of the Cauvery. T. Fraser’; and on front in water-colour: ‘T. Fraser.’ Thomas Fraser served with the Madras Engineers from 1796 to 1819.

The Cauvery or Kaveri is a sacred river in southern India. It originates in the Western Ghats, Karnataka State and flows for 475 miles (765 km) south-east across a plateau through Tamil Nadu. Upon reaching the Eastern Ghats the river cascades in a series of waterfalls such as the one at Sivasamudram before flowing into to the Bay of Bengal.

Plate 3 from the fourth set of Thomas and William Daniell’s ‘Oriental Scenery,’ which they called ‘Twenty-four Landscapes.’ The views progress northwards from the far south at Cape Comorin to Srinagar in Garhwal in the Himalaya mountains. The site of Kuttalam takes its name from the Kuttalanatha shrine, a small temple when the Daniells visited it, which has become a site overcrowded with pilgrims and visitors. The natural setting of this cascade, falling on the shiny rocks, represented a very captivating and picturesque site for the artists.

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