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Ancient Indian art

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 | Author:

Art in ancient India began with rock paintings especially in caves where men and women in the primitive time lived. The ancient Indian art showed that the people who actually created this art were highly accomplished and artistically oriented which developed a rich culture. One could see aesthetic sense and skilled craftsmanship in the architecture and artifacts found during excavations on these sites. This ancient Indian art also revealed a detailed understanding of human and animal anatomy on deep study. Ancient Indian temple architecture, murals, sculptures depict the nature of ancient Indian art. Each phase was unique in the field of architecture, painting, literature and art. Different influences both external and internal drove the evolution of Indian art from time to time and place to place. Hindus, Buddhists, Mughals and the British, all ruled over India in different phases and influenced its art.  In ancient Indian art, symbolism is of great value. Indian art is also unique in terms of its varied metaphors, symbols of Gods, Goddesses, philosophies and visual imagery. 


Each period in India was characterized by special features in painting and architecture. Indian artists were primarily concerned with the philosophical aspect of their visual expression. Ancient Indian art is full of creativity and cultural expression. Symbols were used as tools of artistic expression to visualize abstract ideas and diverse philosophy.


Ancient India laid a great foundation for art to flourish and develop in the country. Ancient Indian religion also played an important role in visual philosophy which also helped the art to develop and flourish in a diverse pattern.


Indian Art Journey

Thursday, April 02nd, 2009 | Author:

indian-art-window-painting-little-india-penangIndian Art has always mesmerized the hearts of millions of people across the world with its extricate designs, rich cultural manifestation in colours and its multi-layered imaginations wrapped in the painting. Indian art has evolved and manifested philosophies that have outgrown to achieve great ideals in visual medium and form. Indian artists have presented varied meanings, thoughts, ideas and abstract ideologies to this macrocosm.

The journey of Indian art has crossed many thresholds by constantly evolving and innovating and communicating through canvas and colours. The culture of the land and its stories are told on paper by various Indian artists. Religion has greatly influenced Indian art. The earliest religion to inspire major artistic monuments was Buddhism. This is how Indian rock art evolved. Soon after the Buddhists initiated the rock-cut caves, the Hindus and Jains started spreading the art to various places.

Later in 1931, the Chola Fresco paintings evolved. It is said that a smooth batter of limestone mixture is applied over the stones, which took two to three days to set. Within this time frame large paintings were painted with natural organic pigments.

Each religion had its own nuances, analogies, stories, associations, imaginations, depiction of Gods and celestial beings that were manifested and interpreted in art.

Folk and tribal art also contribute to the culture in India. This art is seen on varied mediums. Folk art also includes the illustrated expressions of the wandering nomads. The nomads travel over the valleys and highlands of India. Thus this art is highly scenic as the people are exposed to so many changing landscapes.

Indian art is truly a great manifestation of the culture of the country!