At Chengam, the mural is painted on the ceiling of the mahāmaṇṭapam of the Venugopala Parthasarathy temple. What is painted, what remains of the painting, is only the yuddha kāṇṭam or the War Canto from the Rāmāyaṇa. The total area is 18.5’ x 17.5’. The 'square' is divided into two concentric squares. The inner square has ornamental relief, lotus in the middle and geese all around, that is painted over. The outer square, about 4' wide, is divided into 3 registers, each about a foot high, and is painted with the Rāmāyaṇa murals. Each frame in the narrative is marked by painted pillars on either side of the frame. The painted pillars occur even when the incident depicted is situated in the forest or the battlefield. The pillars are compositional markers. In a sense, the paintings borrow from the idiom of the stage. The favoured aspect ratio for the individual frame is 4:1, width to height. In some cases, it is 1:1, almost. The aspect ratio of the entire panorama is also 4:1. The western panorama depicting the coronation of rāma, is singular and not divided, as the other three sides, into three registers.

 
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