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About Madhusudhanan

Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan, an architecture graduate and a gold medalist in his Post Graduation, specializes in conservation and architectural research. He has been an academic for a decade, mentoring students of popular schools of architecture. He is an active heritage enthusiast and his contributions have earned him several awards and accolades. He is well versed in fields of art, architecture, heritage, cultural studies and vernacular practices. He is also a popular speaker on a wide range of topics associated with heritage, religion, culture, and literature. He is the youngest recipient of the coveted Vedavalli memorial award for outstanding service by a young achiever in the field of south Indian heritage(2018). He received the title, “IlakkiyaChemmal”, recognizing his mastery over tamil literature (2019) and "Saiva Thamizh Arignar"(2022) from His acharya Sri Dharumapuram Adheenam. He is the first recipient of Prof Swaminathan Award (2020) for his service in the field of heritage and culture. Through his popular initiative RATHAM - Road Access to Temples, Heritage And Monuments, he curates and conducts tours to places of architectural & cultural heritage since 2012. He has been writing columns on popular print media covering subjects like epigraphy, not so popular temples and archeology. 


He is currently pursuing his doctoral research on “Temple Town Planning” and also serves on Government instituted panel for conservation of temples in Tamil Nadu.

Madhusudhanan has been nominated as a member of academic council of Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalitha Music and Fine Arts University.

Recent Events

  • Mural Painting Traditions in Tamil Nadu
    Mural Painting Traditions in Tamil Nadu
    Mon, 16 Aug
    ZOOM webinar
    16 Aug 2021, 6:30 pm
    ZOOM webinar
    16 Aug 2021, 6:30 pm
    ZOOM webinar
    The 5 day program intends to introduce topics starting from the rock art paintings of prehistoric times in Tamil Nadu, to the bright murals of the Pallavas, the superior story telling technology of the Cholas , the grand and long running panels by theVijayanagara, nayakkings and maratta paintings
  • Padal Petra Sthalangal - Pandya Nadu (Tamil)
    Padal Petra Sthalangal - Pandya Nadu (Tamil)
    Mon, 19 Jul
    Zoom webinar
    19 Jul 2021, 6:30 pm IST
    Zoom webinar
    19 Jul 2021, 6:30 pm IST
    Zoom webinar
    This webinar aims at understanding a general history of Pandya country and these temples individually. Religious history, art and architecture, sacred literature, epigraphy and popular festivals celebrated there are a few aspects that will be covered in this 10-day series.
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Vijayamala Harinath

Whichever topic Madhu presents always fascinates and impresses us by his command over the language and with the fluency he speaks and the info that he shares. One will never get disappointed.

Nithya Balaji

The Temple virtual walk through and narration made it so real an experience.

A wonderful alternative during lock-down months.

Nithya Chari

I would rate Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan very highly for intellectual content and ease of delivery.

I particularly enjoyed the lectures on Varadarajaswamy Kovil.

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