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The Rock Art
The beginning of the art activity in south India may be said to have begun from the Mesolithic period onwards. How ever, if the Upper Palaeolithic date for the ‘S’ shape bodied and elaborately decorated hunters in green and yellow colours found at Bhimbetka is accepted such a proposition can also be made in the context of the Hunter depictions in the Karnataka rock art in the Bellary region and Kethavaram complex in Andhra.
One of the most striking features of the rock art of the Mesolithic period is the total absence of either hunters or hunting scenes except the only site in the Bellary district.
In Andhra Pradesh ,in place of hunters magic man/Medicine man/sorceror/masked human figures are noticed . The anthropomorphic figures noticed extensively in Mesolithic art also hint at its non secular nature.
Both in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh the Mesolithic art depictions in thick outlines depicting wild animals are located at the higher reaches of the rock shelter. Also the early Mesolithic /upper palaeolithic animal figures are always large sized ones.