Friday, November 2, 2007

Tanjore Painting:Rich Indian Art


Origin of Thanjavur paintings


Tanjore Painting is a peculiar, ancient, miniature type of painting named after the place Thanjavur (called Tanjore in English) in Tamil Nadu, a Southern state of INDIA
Tanjore (or Thanjavur or Thanjavoor) paintings have a very rich heritage. This style of painting has been followed widely by the people in Southern Tamil Nadu for the past two centuries. The art flourished in Tanjavoor, pronounced Tanjore, the capital city of the Chola dynasty, and thus got its name. Maratha princes, Nayaks of Vijaynagar dynasty, Rajus communities of Tanjore and Trichi and Naidus of Madurai patronized the art of Tanjore painting from 16 to 18th centuries. Tanjore paintings are deeply rooted in tradition and still innovative within limits. This art is sacred and dedicated.

Tracing its roots to the historical golden era of the early 18th century, Tanjore artwork is one of the many indigenous art forms for which India is noted. Originating in Tanjore about 300 kms from Chennai( Madras), which was the then capital of the Gupta empire, this form of art developed at the height of cultural evolvement achieved during that period.

Theme Of Tanjore Painting

The paintings are mostly of Gods and Goddesses because this art of painting flourished at a time when fine-looking and striking temples were being constructed by rulers of several dynasties. The figures in these paintings are large and the faces are round and divine. While most of the paintings would depict the Child Krishna and his various pranks, paintings of other deities were also created. Over a period of time changes have occurred in the stylization - for example, the figures are no longer round. Presiding deities of various famous temples are also being depicted in the paintings. The technique is now more in use than the style.

4 comments:

MysticPen said...

Trichy is waiting !

Paintings said...

I would definitely have drawn a falic object if I had to use that scribble :)

I like his skin texture. Fact.

good piece of art work.liked the shadings in eyes.very realistic.

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Richa Nautiyal said...

When it comes to enhancing the Tanjore paintings of various gods and goddesses, they are embellished with semi-precious stones, pieces of glasses, gold and also pearls. The paintings are made on a darker surface area to provide a highlighting effect to the threads and also beads used on them.