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(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 etc.


* 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., Chennai.
* “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, Thiruvaiyaru.
* “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.



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.


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.


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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