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Sunday, July 26th, 2009 | Author:

One relatively less known and less advertised aspect of Indian art is Toys. We are talking about toys as an object of art. Like in many other segments, India always had a wonderful culture of toys. Brilliant clay toys have been found in excavation at Harappa and Mohenjodaro. This is not one-off case. In fact, huge number of clay toys has been found at several; excavations done by archeologist. The research says that, these toys have been made using a large variety of materials. Some of them are clay, cow dung, paper, red wood and papier-mache. Toys and dolls are gift of folk tradition followed in many parts of the country.


It is a prevalent tradition to make toys during religious festivals. Many state tribes celebrate the arrival of new seasons and memorable occasions with variety of dolls and toys. The beauty of this tradition is variety one gets. One can find different fascinating style of toys incorporated in the traditional aspect of states. Medium like lacquered wood with prints is one of the oldest in toys culture. The most famous pilgrimage place in India, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is hub of specially carved red wood toys. These toys are known as Tirupati dolls. Similarly, the state of Bihar is famous for clay images demonstrated in Shyama Chak festival.


Southern state of Andhra Pradesh is famous for leather puppets. Usage of vegetable dyes is quite evident in five feet high and attractively painted puppets. In the North-Eastern state of Assam, the culture of toys is in existence since many centuries. The unique point about this culture is usage of Indian cork. Fabric and old clothes are used in Rajasthani art of toys. The toys making is categorized in Indian craft segment.

Tribal Art

Thursday, May 07th, 2009 | Author:

warliTribal art is a way of life. If anyone wants to know about a certain tribe and its culture then look at the art works produced by them. These art works offer best chance of looking into the philosophy of a tribe. Often depicted through colorful images, tribal art is nothing if not enchanting. Tribal art can also be described as traditional art of indigenous people. Numerous fascinating examples of tribal art can be found in regions such as India, America, Indonesia, Africa and Polynesia. These tribal arts have continued to flourish since centuries. It is a wonderful medium of expression for the tribes who have generally remained cut-off from the mainstream nation. For tribes, it is a form of recreation as well as celebration.



Warli paintings of India are the foremost tribal art in the Indian Territory. These paintings capture the life of the tribes and offer a valuable insight into the lifestyle of the tribes. Located in Maharashtra, warli tribe mostly resides in thatched mud-huts. The origin of this tribe goes back to Neolithic period between 2500 BC and 3000 BC. Whenever a wedding or birth ceremony takes place in the tribe, they celebrate it by adorning their houses with fascinating designs. Even during the harvesting season, paintings and designs on the walls are the most common method of celebration.


Warli Paintings have its own class, best represented in minimalistic style. The preferred color is white and background is almost always earthen. Philosophical and enlightening thoughts are manifested through these paintings. Design wise, simple lines and dots are mostly used in geometric fashion. Warli paintings are far away from any sort of pretentions and convey the message in the best possible way using minimum colors. Warli paintings have continued to exist in the modern era and as their popularity increases we are sure to witness many more of such profound paintings.


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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!