Monday, May 25th, 2009 | Author:

Let’s talk about Indian folk art paintings. The origin of Indian folk paintings is not known and cannot be ascertained with absolute certainty. That’s because it’s a tradition that is as old as Indian civilization. One other reason is this tradition is in existence since Indian people first started to paint and celebrate. Many people say, Indian folk paintings are as old as rivers, trees, forests, hills and even humans. So how did this eclectic form of art originate?


The credit goes to the desire of humans to express their innermost feelings. Apart from songs and dance, painting gave them a big platform to express their feelings. True to the inadequacies of the ancient era, people painted on walls, caves, pots, pans, dried leaves and paper. Later period witnessed usage of clothes of as painting medium. The desire of expression found representation in numerous mediums. it clearly reflects importance of paintings or should we say, art in the lives of Indian people. Folk paintings are basically instinctive in nature. It’s almost like depicting the impulsive urge of people in whatever ways.


The most fascinating part about folk paintings is its continuity from prehistoric age to modern times. Earlier, it used to be a form of cave paintings. Now it has acquired a cult status in the art world because of its uniqueness and historical significance. It has come out of the closet and attempts have been made to cultivate this precious form of art in best way possible. Different forms of folk paintings are Madhubani paintings, Warli paintings, Patachitra paintings etc. It does not come as a surprise to see growing popularity of these folk paintings on national as well as international level.

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