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Painting Styles in India

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 | Author:

Dance and music are fields where the most delightful styles and sweetest strains fade away before people can understand them, whereas painting holds the sentiments and expressions and retains the impact for a comparatively elongated time-period. Painting is basically a blend of lines, forms, colors, tones, textures and spaces. It makes an attempt to communicate the verbal and non-verbal terminologies with the strokes of the paint brush.

Painting styles are different from area to area, and from phase to phase. From ancient times to the era of evolution, painting has been the illustrative certification of man’s beliefs, and experiences. It has been demonstrated on the walls of the caves like the elephant caves, the Ajanta caves and the Bhimbetka caves, temples like the Brihadisvari temple and the Mukteshvara temple, and palaces like the very famous Taj Mahal, or dried leaved and cloth in the form of phadas, patachitras and coverlets.
Displayed manuscripts on palm leaf folios in the medieval period were then substituted by paper. The paintings of any given province and era, offers a peek into the intellectual and cultural awareness of the inhabitants who accomplished them. The techniques are influenced by the local customs and cross-cultural relations.
Besides all the other factors, the exceptional geographical positioning of India played a vital part in the blossoming of the diverse provincial techniques. The vivid and vibrant painting traditions, which built up, like the murals and wall paintings, Chaurapanchasika art(CPS Group), miniatures, scroll art, madhubani art, lepakshi art, etc added to the rich and diverse cultural inheritance of India. This also formed the base of succeeding genres. Cultural paintings bring to you the various painting techniques from the wealth trove of India. They have their distinctive painting style, regional and episodic individuality. The art field has brought a lot of international recognition to India and Indian artists from the traditional times to the contemporary times.

Glass Paintings

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 | Author:

India is a land of art, craft, culture, tradition and religion. It has wide range of artistic forms. However, the artistic foundation in India is as old as 2000 years or more. A person can find the artistic traditions of India hidden in its diversified cultures, regions, traditions and religions of ancient times. The history of the Indian art depicts stories of the times even before the papers and brushes came into existence. In olden days, the art was practiced in India on the leaves of the palm tree where varied illustrations and textures were created.


Gradually came the evolution of Glass painting. It all started around 18th and 19th century when the western world, Europe had already mastered in the field of glass painting. One of the Chinese artist learned this art form Europe and this helped China to export quality paintings to Europe. During that time, India was sharing very strong trade relationship with China, which helped in getting this unique and extraordinary form of art to India.


Initially the local artists who were involved in painting the famous stories and epics on the glass mainly used glass painting. One of the most common forms of the glass paintings is that of Lord Ganesha painting. Glass painting requires special kind of glass, which was especially imported from countries like Britain and Belgium.


Glass painting was majorly based on either the European themes or the Traditional themes. These mainly included either the pictures of God or epics like Ramayana or European portraits, which ultimately created a big market and were very high on demand.  Some Northern and Southern regions of India are still very popular for Glass painting practice.  


Times will go and come but this unique form of art will still be there to tell the stories of our ancestral past.



Mysore paintings

Thursday, May 07th, 2009 | Author:

South of India is famous for its temple architecture and grand display of colors that depict the various mythological tales. The gopuras or the towers of the temple are a striking feature. Apart from wood and exotic fragrant wood sculpture the state of Karnataka was the chief pioneer in paintings. The paintings were patronized by the Kings who loved art and had a passion for constructing palatial dwellings.


Social set ups had major murals depicting the culture of the South which was encouraged by the existing rulers. Rich traders and royals had a penchant for the paint work which was beautifully brought out by the craftsmen. The medium of paintings was also in gold and vegetable colors or extracts of leaves where used as a medium. Cloth paintings were also a major display. This was the true and original form of art which was later modernized with durable boards and dependable sticking formulas.


Gold foil painting was a rich form of art where the painting was done on the 24 Karat gold foil after it was treated. The typicality of the paintings from Mysore is about a a definite and prominent look. The colors are green, red and blue which is again common in all parts of South India. The main idea about Mysore paintings was the gesso concept which highlighted certain areas of the painting. This included areas where the jewelry or certain metal work related to the idols needed attention.


Finishing lines were done in the last stage where the lines or features of the painting were highlighted. The palace at Mysore bears a lot of testimony to the great work put in by the painters of the yesteryears. The galleries also have several collections of paintings which still require a lot of encouragement to be continued as an art form. The Wodeyars were lovers of art and the impetus received by them was great. Though the art form has gained recognition, there is still a lot of reviving to be done by offering support to the artists.