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Wood Carvings in India…

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 | Author:

One of the most traditional forms of Indian art is wood carving. Carving is referred to shaping wood to create multifarious and intricate designs with precision to the minutest detail.


In India, we have come across the most luxurious and complex wood carving. The ancient temple doors, walls, ceilings and beams are a testimony of the fineness in wood carving and the artistic excellence in India. The temple of goddess Kamakhya is an example of this.


In Orissa, wooden carved toys, idols of deities, and wooden doors and panels are renowned for their carvings. In Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur is the hub of wood carving. The wooden screens, tables, trays, bowls, stands, jewellery and boxes are convolutedly enhanced with traditional geometric, basil, fretted pattern and the illustrious leaf patterns. Besides, Rajasthan is also distinguished for its engraved sandalwood, rosewood and heavy ornamental furniture.


Wood used for carving is categorized into soft and hard wood. Hardwood is usually acquired from trees like teak, oak, walnut, sandalwood, etc. whereas softwood is obtained from pine, fir and cedar trees. For finest results, carvers use softwood for their artistry.

Carving knives, chisels, scrapers, rasps and files, rotary tools and parting tools are the basic tools used for wood carving.


After carving the wood it is important to varnish it. Varnishing on wood makes the products colourful and sparkling, and also smoothens out the curves. This grants a lustrous finesse to the work of art. In India ornamental lacquering is well known. It includes complicated patterns like crisscross and Dana work, atishi, cloud and nakkashi. Varanasi is known for lacquered toys and miniature kitchen utensils for children to play with.


Wood carving is one of the most momentous arts in India. It is the emblem that unites art, architecture, culture and religion.


Indian Art – A History of its own

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 | Author:

Indian Arts is said to be the art form that holds traditions and oldest history among all the art forms in the world.  The Indian paintings, crafts, fine arts, and sculptures, has created international fan following for India. The aspect of art in India is highly realistic.

Architecture and Rock cut art was an important step taken for the progress of Indian art, initiated by the Buddhists and inspired Jains and Hindus who built similar kind of structures like Ajanta, Elephanta, Ellora, Badami, etc. Visual art form Painting started with rock painting at Stone Age. Mughal painting, Madhubani painting, Mysore painting, Tanjore painting, Rajput painting are some of the notable Genres to Indian Art.

The music another art form of India has two variants, which are classical style and folk style. The diversity seen in musical system is also visible in Indian dance forms. It is said that Indian dances contains traditions and history compared to any dance form in the world. Creativity is an aesthetic concept. It is an idea that can be heard, felt and seen. Through various mediums such as painting, metalwork, pottery, weaving, paper-art and designing objects such as toys and jewelry represents tribal and Folk art in India. The Richness of Yoga, which is indeed an art form, now followed in every part of the world, was observed in India.

There are various art foundations established in India with a motive to spread awareness of various art forms in society. They organize art camps in order to propagate art knowledge and culture. These Institutes not only encompasses all forms of Indian arts, but also offers degrees in, studio arts, creative writing, museum studies and visual communications. These institutes promote new breed of artists, with famous names. Art India Foundation and Indira Gandhi Institute for India Arts are some of the examples of such organizations.