profile of sthapathy & sons
(1935 – 2002)
S. Devasenapathy Sthapathy, founder of Sri Jayam Industries, which
celebrated its golden Jubilee in October 2002, was a National Awardee –
1984 in bronze castings – Early Chola Style. He belongs to Viswakarma
community and hails from Swamimalai, one of the abodes of Lord Muruga, on
the banks of the river Cauveri, in Thanjavur Dt., Tamilnadu(S. India).
He had practiced the crafts of bronze castings (manufacturing of metal
statues) from his childhood. He had initial training, from his father
Srikanda Sthapathy and uncle and Guru Sri. S. Annasamy Sthapathy, the then
Superintendent. Art Metal Training centre Swamimalai. He skilled highly in
the field of bronze castings in Chola Style. He had mastered the whole
technique in this field from designing to finishing. Very valuable and
successful training imparted on Mr. S. Devasenapathy Sthapathy by his
father & paternal Uncle Mr. Annasamy Sthapathy paved way for his
mastery. He was well versed with kasyapa Silpa Shastram, Sakalathi karam,
Manasaram, Abhinaya Tharpanam, Silpa Rathrna, Brankya Chitrakam etc. These
are the code and conduct for manufacturing icons.
In 1983 His Holiness Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Sri
Kanchi Mutt Visited Sri Jalakanteswarar Swami temple Vellore and saw the
majestic Nataraja statue of six feet prepared by Sri Devasenapathy
Sthapathy. Sri Swamigal appreciated his wonderful workmanship and honoured
him. He participated in Vedha Agama Sathas conducted by H.H. Sankaracharya
Swamigal of Kanchi Mutt and had the blessings of the pontiff.
Mr. Devasenapathy Sthapathy continued as one of the Directors of the Tamil
Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd., Chennai for three tenures
consecutively. He was one of the members of the state level selection
committee headed by Government of India, (Ministry of textiles) for
recommending National awards for outstanding crafts persons. He was the
founder of Swamimalai Icon Manufacturer’s Co-operative Cottage
Industrial Society Ltd.
His grandfather Srividya Ramaswamy Sthapathy was awarded a medal by Her
Majesty Queen Victoria in 1857, in Chennai, for his meritorious work. He
was entrusted with a scheme of evolving four bronze icons namely (1) Sri
Veenadhara Dakshinamoorthy, (2) Sri Sarabamurthy, (3) Sri Maheswari and
(4) Sri Manickavachakar on the basis of Shilpa Sastras and Dhyana Slokas
by the Association of the best Talent scheme sponsored by the All India
Handicrafts Board, (Ministry of Textiles) New Delhi, utilizing the expert
knowledge and skill of the distinguished Master craftsmen in bronze
casting in Chola Style. Accordingly he had prepared and supplied them to
the Regional Design and Technical Development centre (Technical wing)
Bangalore, besides providing respective Dyana Slokas and description for
each piece mentioned above as a reference to the younger generation
Mr. Devasenapathy Sthapathy had made lot of idols for the Hindu temples in
London, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, USA, West German, France, Canada
HE WAS A WINNER OF THE FOLLOWING AWARDS..
* National Award – 1984 by President of India.
* Victoria Technical Institute Centenary award 1988 by President of India.
* State Award from the Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd.,
* “Silpakalamani” - Awarded by Jagadguru Sri SankaracharyaSwamigal,
Sri Matam, Kancheepuram.
* “Shilpa Ratna” - Award conferred by Sri Sanatana Easwari, SriChakra
Maha Peedam, Senbakkam, Vellore.
* “Arul Kalai Selvar” – Awarded by Thiruviyaru Tamil Isai Mandram,
* “Sirpa Kala Ratnam” – Awarded by the President “Sivayogam”,
SriMuthu Mariamman Temple, Tooting, London.
* “Kalai Chemmal” – Awarded by State Lalit Kala Academy Chennai.
Besides he made three fine pieces namely Maheswari, Kali and
Arthanareeswar which were the contributions from the women’s wing of
India, to the Festival of India at Leningrad - Russia.
D. RADHAKRISHNA STHAPATHY
Sri D. Radhakrishna Sthapathy is the eldest son of late S. Devasenapathy
Sthapathy. Born on 30.7.1960, after schooling at Swamimalai he joined the
Government college of Architecture and sculpture, Mahabalipuram. He
completed the course and came out with a diploma in temple architecture
for his credit, he had designed and built several temples. He had learnt
the art of iconography in full, traditionally from his father.
After demise of his father on 25.10.02, he took charge of his father’s
firm Sri Jayam Industries as chief Sthapathy. He is doing good business to
the fullest satisfaction of his clients.
He is an active Rotarian of the Kumbakonam Town Rotary club and as vice
President of the local Panchayat Board, he had helped a lot to the
deserving people. He was one of the directors of the Swamimalai Icon
Manufacture’s Co-operative cottage Industrial society.
D. SRIKANDA STHAPATHY
Mr. D. Srikanda Sthapathy, second son of late S. Devasenapathy Sthapathy
was born on 17.1.1962. He is a Commerce graduate. He had undergone
training in handling of exports (Handicrafts) imparted by National
Productivity Council, New Delhi. He had full training traditionally in the
art of iconography from his father S.Devasenapathy Sthapathy.
He worked as one of the Directors of the Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development
Corporation (Poomphuhar) Chennai for two tenures consecutively. Presently
he is a member of the local Lions club.
D. SWAMINATHA STHAPATHY
Mr. D. Swaminatha Sthapathy, (born on 14.11.66) third son of Mr. S.
Devasenapathy Sthapathy, had training in iconography traditionally from
his father. He is well versed in this art and is a Master craftsman. He
had participated several exhibitions conducted by the All India
Handicrafts Board New Delhi and South zone cultural centre, Thanjavur.
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