Sunday, July 19th, 2009 | Author:

There is one hidden but precious part of Indian art that has remained relatively unknown. Yes, it is wood works. India is second to no other country when it comes to luxuriant range of wood works. The country’s culture places special emphasis on usage of wood in numerous rituals and festivals. If we go back to the pages of history, the Kashmiri wooden architecture is a very famous one. The beauty of Kashmiri wooden culture was usage of deodar and walnut wood. Time has remained still in this part of the country since 11th century.


As mentioned above, India celebrates special occasions where wood is considered as very important for the culmination of the rituals. Many parts of India are famous for wooden architecture. Take for example, teakwood that has been so wonderfully used in tharavad homes of Kerala and Havelis of Gujarat. They look as elegant as attractive. Apart from them think of lattice work known as acche-dar and azli pinjra and you will realize the beauty of wooden arts of India. Many small towns in far corners of the country have attained acclaim on the basis of their wood works.


If we move to northern state of Himachal Pradesh, it houses places known as Brahmour and Chatrahi. Their ticket to fame came in form of amazing temple wood carving tradtion. Done in eclectic styles like jail, dori, naghbel, kutheri and phool, tourists visit this place just to have a glimpse of this fine art. One of the best examples of temple wood carving is Bhimakali Temple of Sarahan.


Karnataka is famous for its sandalwood. This wood is used in carving items like statues of gods and goddesses, utilitarian objects and sandalwood boxes. Similarly, its neighbor Andhra Pradesh is famous for producing red sandalwood also known as raktachandan. It is used for carving statutes of deities. These are not just standalone examples. States like Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Rajasthan are famous for their magnificent wood works.

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