4 Indian art styles you should know about
“Being Indian is not blood as much as it is culture” – Tony HillermanIndia have always been the only county that is widely appreciated and remembered for its rich art and culture. The people from foreign lands have been visiting and residing here for ages now.
People from all casts, religions, ages, gender, nationality are welcome here with open arms.
Not just the people, the art forms of India tell dynamic and rich stories of the magnificent and colorful past.
We are listing the major 4 artforms/paintings that you should know about to feel the vibe and understand India a little more.
MADHUBANI PAINTINGS - These paintings find their origins and derive their name from a village called ‘Madhubani’. One of the most celebrated styles of is, Madhubani which originated in the Mithila region of Bihar as a form of wall art.
These paintings often have characteristics like complex geometrical patterns. They are also well known for representation of ritual content in special occasions like festivals and religious rituals.
KALAMKARI PAINTINGS - Kalamkari literally means, “pen-art”. Kalamkari paintings are either hand painted or block printed on cotton fabric. This art involves 23 tedious steps of dyeing, bleaching, hand painting, block printing, starching, cleaning and more. Motifs drawn in Kalamkari spans from flowers, peacock, paisleys to divine characters of Hindu epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana.
WARLI PAINTINGS - Warli is the vivid expression of daily and social events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra, used by them to embellish the walls of village houses. This was the only means of transmitting folklore to a populace not acquainted with the written word.
Warli paintings are painted white on mud walls. The paintings are beautifully executed and resembles pre-historic cave paintings in execution and usually depict scenes of human figures engaged in activities like hunting, dancing, sowing and harvesting.
The gold foil used liberally in Thanjavur paintings serves twin purposes — it adds glitter to the painting and makes it more attractive and also protects and prolongs the life of the paintings.