Monday, November 23, 2009

Dasavatharam - Madhubani













Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rama Pattabhishegam - Pattachitra

Ramar Pattabhishegam [Crowning ceremony of Lord Rama]
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R to L: Sugreeva, Jhambhavan, Guha, Rama, Seeta, Bharatha, Lakshmana, Chathrugunah. Below: Hanumaan

Friday, June 5, 2009

Kangra Painting - Annapoorani Amman

India's rich painting heritage encapsulates diversified shades in the world of paitings.The Kangra Miniatures of the Pahari School is also an integral part of Traditional Indian Paintings.This art form made a mark in the 18th century. Kangra School of miniature paintings was influenced by the Mughal Miniature style of painting, though it successfully retained its distinctiveness.

These ethnic indian paintings were naturalistic and employed cool, fresh colors. The colors were primarily extracted from minerals, vegetables and possessed enamel-like luster.Ever enticing greenery of the landscape, brooks, springs were the recurrent images on the miniatures.Painters explored endless themes for their paintings from the texts of the Gita Govinda, Bhiari's Satsai, and the Baramasa of Keshavdas. Similarily the eternal love of Krishna and Radha rejoicing the moments of love was also portrayed very frequently.

The paintings based on Ragmalas (musical nates) also found patronage in Kangra school. Some of the famous Kangra Ragmala Paintings include Ragini Gujari, Raga Lalit and Ragini Sorathi.

A distinct aspect of kangra School of painting adopted in later course was that it included the scenes under star-studded skies and also portrayed storms with lightning running across the horizon. This feature was not found in any other style of painting . Kangra miniatures also depicted towns and cluster of houses in the distance iagain in later periods.Although mountains above the height of 13,000 ft were never made a part of the paintings.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Kalamkari [Lord Shiva]

Kalamkari is an exquisite ancient craft of painted and printed fabrics. It derives its name from "Kalam" meaning Pen, and "Kari" meaning work, literally Pen-work. It is hand painting as well as block printing with vegetable dyes.

Very old, this art knew it's apogee in the rich person kingdom of Golconde [ the current city of Hyderabad,Andra Pradesh]. It has evolved through trial and error over the last 3000 years. Techniques of craftsmanship in Kalamkari were handed down within the families from generation to generation.

In Andra Pradesh, both the Masulipatnam and Srikalahasti villages are recognised as major centres for Kalamkari painting. Thus came the two styles of Kalamkari painting - Masulipatnam style ans Srikalahasti style.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kalighat painting [Saraswathi]

Kalighat painting derives its name from its place of originKalighat, in Kolkata - the erstwhile capital of British India. This painting form has its roots in the cultural upheavals of nineteenth century colonial Bengal. At this time a huge number of village folk had migrated from rural Bengal and settled in and around the famous Kalighat temple. Amongst them, many were potters and scroll painters. These were the people whose painting style and themes later came to be known as Kalighat painting. They used watercolors and painted on inexpensive mill papers.

Brushes were made from squirrel and calf hair. Cheap color pigments were applied in transparent tones, which was totally different from the traditional of Indian tempera. With shaded contours and articulated gesture and movement, the figures attained a plaque-like effect on a neutral unpainted ground. The style is characterized by formal and linear economy, meaningful gestures, and quality brushwork and flawless rhythmic strokes. The drawings are bold and attractive and at the same time their technique is different and simple.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lakshmi Puja Alpona Pattern

Alpana or Alpono designs are drawn during festivals and Hindu rituals in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of Eastern India. It also drawn during Kojari Lakshmi Puja to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. The designs drawn during Lakshmi Puja display the feet of Goddess Lakshmi.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Dakshinamurthy - Kerala Mural

Dakshinamurthy is one of the well known iconic representaions of Shiva and this form represents Him as the Supreme Teacher. Dakshinamurthy's uniqueness as a teacher lies in the fact that he teaches through silence, through his all-pervasive Consciouness.