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Gond Art - Preserving Gond Tribal Art Form

Gond Art - Preserving Gond Tribal Art Form

India is home to an uncountable number of Tribes; each one very different from the others. One such tribe is GOND residing in central India, Madhya Pradesh. This tribe is more than 1400 years old, and practice an ancient art form called "GOND PAINTING" Gond Tribe believe strongly about appreciating nature and they derive all their inspiration from the natural beauty, the mountains, the animals, trees, etc. They used to carve Gond Art on cave walls and cloth using natural vivid colors. They used to paint on the floors and walls of their houses signifying good luck. Today, Government of...


Chamba Ka Rumal (Handkerchief of Chamba)

Aditi Gupta

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Chamba Ka Rumal (Handkerchief of Chamba)

The Chamba Rumal gets its name from Chamba, a hill-station in Himachal Pradesh, where it has been practised for centuries. The earliest records of the region dates back to 2nd century BC, making it one of the most ancient destinations in the state. The region is known for its history, architecture and landscapes but the local community is also known for its arts and crafts, in particular the miniature Pahari paintings. The Pahari school of art has received royal patronage since the 17th century when it is believed to have originated in the region. Though miniature Pahari paintings are most...


Difference between Mysore and Tanjore Paintings

Difference between Mysore and Tanjore Paintings

Both Tanjore and Mysore paintings are unique in their own and possess a high rate of individuality right from making to finishing, these artworks have certainly earned a valuable group of audience who love to buy these paintings and highly adore their ethnic value. Both the Mysore and Tanjore paintings have highly contributed to the upliftment of our culture in the field of artwork and painting work. These two painting categories have their origin and rich cultural background. Here in this article, we will be looking at the core difference between Tanjore and Mysore paintings, which are the most eminent kind of...


Most Unique Feature about Tanjore Art

Most Unique Feature about Tanjore Art

The Most unique feature of Tanjore Paintings is its 3-D property. Let us explain it further. Tanjore Painting is the only painting to have EMBOSS on it. That is, the painting has areas that are ELEVATED from the surface. A tanjore painting has typically 10 processes. Embossing is one of them. The other feature is the Real Gold Foil used to stick on the EMBOSSED areas - 22 carat gold foil is used. It is made of real gold and it never fades. Nowadays, to reduce the overall cost and make more profit, some galleries have started using imitation gold foils (read fake gold foils). Sometimes the customers are aware of...


Tanjore Art - Ancient Roots

Tanjore Art - Ancient Roots

Thanjavur has a unique place in the history of Indian painting, in that it houses the 11th century Chola wall paintings in the Brihadeshwara Temple (Periya koyil or Pervudaiyar koyil in Tamil) as also paintings from the Nayak period (many times superimposed on the earlier Chola paintings dating to the 16th century. The fall of the Vijaynagara Empire and the sack of Hampi in the Battle of Talikota in 1565 CE resulted in the migration of painters who had been dependent on the patronage of the empire. Some of them migrated to Thanjavur and worked under the patronage of the Thanjavur Nayakas. Subsequently, the Maratha rulers who defeated the...