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Monday, June 30, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : Crafts Traditions - 9

A creator becomes one with the Supreme being when involved in giving shape to his art form. He who is able to see things with a perceptive eye and is able to equate the form to matter, space and energy creates. This tradition has been established in India from 3,000 B.C. Nature's creations have been adapted by the artisans, be it in making pots, plates, nutcrackers hairpins, combs or utensils.

Indian handicrafts have made a name for themselves the world over. Ancient skills have been perfected by craftsmen who have learn the trade from their fathers, as did their fathers before them. This traditions continues over the centuries, safeguarding the wide an varied artistic wealth of India.

Today, this tradition unfolds itself in an overwhelming variety of products, combining aesthetic appeal with utilitarian value. To satisfy modern tastes and meet international demand, design institutes have been giving a new look to these traditional crafts. These beautiful items are like a breath of fresh air in an age of mechanization and mass production. The high caliber of skills exhibited in crating the products has stood the test of time. What's more, craftsmen have shown great ingenuity and flexibility in adapting to the requirements of the modern age.

Related Links:

01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2
03. Indian Art and Craft : India the home of Painting - 3
04. Indian Art and Craft : Ajanta Paintings - 4
05. Indian Art and Craft : Floor Designs and Madhubani Paintings - 5
06. Indian Art and Craft : Art of body painting - 6
07. Indian Art and Craft : Shekhavati - India's Open Air Art Gallery - 7
08. Indian Art and Craft : Contemporary Painting - 8

Indian Art and Craft : Contemporary Painting - 8

The blossoming of contemporary art in India has become evident to the international art community only recently. As artists in India have adapted traditional imagery and ideas to modern artistic practice, the nation has begun to contribute to the multiplicity of variations on modernism reflective of non-western cultures. Artists working with oil or acrylic are in demand in India. Their works are not intended to serve any functional purpose, but as in modern western canvases, are modes of self-expression.

Contemporary art from India presents two distinct yet coexisting cultures that create art-folk and tribal and the other, urban and modern.

Maqbool Fida Husain is one of the best known artists in the subcontinent. The most influential painter since the 1950s, his subject matter is pointedly local and indigenous. While some of his work is neo-cubistic, he has used the spectrum of Indian myths and folklore to striking effects.

Other known artists include Satish Gujral, whose work draws inspiration from a painful and emotionally surcharged past. When the true chronicle of contemporary Indian art will be written. Tyeb Mehta will be seen as one of its benefactors. In F.N. Souza's veins seems to run a trace of the determined Vasco da Gama blood. He also seems to have been baptized in the church of the bull painting Spanish master. And if we call this artistic fun, the painter has had plenty of it. Master painter Krishen Khanna has doen very different orders of work throughout the years, right from the Japanese Sumi-e to Che Guvera, and now there is the search into his own roots of much distinction.

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01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2
03. Indian Art and Craft : India the home of Painting - 3
04. Indian Art and Craft : Ajanta Paintings - 4
05. Indian Art and Craft : Floor Designs and Madhubani Paintings - 5
06. Indian Art and Craft : Art of body painting - 6
07. Indian Art and Craft : Shekhavati - India's Open Air Art Gallery - 7

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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Indian Art and Craft : Shekhavati - India's Open Air Art Gallery - 7

Shekhavati in north east Rajasthan that once fell on the Spice route of merchants, is an open air treasure. Its numerous painted homes lining the streets of small towns make the region the largest open air art gallery in the world.

The architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries consists of an exaggerated display of the wealth of the merchants of the region (Marwaris). This region is special, as it has produced the maximum number of millionaires and billionaires in India. Shekhwati is named after its ruler Rao Shekha of the 15th century. Strategically placed on the route between the ports of Gujarat and northern India, the region became very prosperous by imposing levies on the caravans of traders passing through. When the region's fortunes fell after the development of new ports like Mumbai and Kolkata, the merchants migrated en masse.

The paintings are to be found everywhere in profusion, on walls, balconies, ceilings, arches and pillars, on the dome of the cenotaphs (cremation grounds) and even on the rim of the wells.

The havelis (homes with courtyards) are huge. The piece de resistance is the fine depiction of various designs and characters in the form of frescoes covering all walls and ceilings. Blue and maroon are prominent colors, through vivid golds are also used. Illustrations range from floral to mythology to even scientific inventions. The paintings convey that the prosperous merchants must have been very impressed by their overseas travels as there are several paintings of English ladies, motorcars, gramophones and even the Wright brothers!

Prominent towns of the region are Nawalgarh, Mandawa, Mahansar, Mukundgarh, Lachhmangarh, Singhana, Parasrampura, Khetri, Baggar and Jhunjunu.

Related Links:

01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2
03. Indian Art and Craft : India the home of Painting - 3
04. Indian Art and Craft : Ajanta Paintings - 4
05. Indian Art and Craft : Floor Designs and Madhubani Paintings - 5
06. Indian Art and Craft : Art of body painting - 6

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : Art of body painting - 6

Guys, it is the 6th segment on Indian Art and Craft. It is my little effort to know about the various painting technologies of India. Let us have a look.


Painting the body is stylized designs with henna paste, is an ancient practice followed in India during festive and special occasions like marriages. Henna (Mehendi in the north) or Maruthani as it is known in Tamil Nadu, is derived from the leaves of the henna plant. The leaves are ground into a thick paste, and applied in geometric designs on the palms and soles of the feet and left to dry. Once washed off, a red pigmentation is left behind on the applied area. This style of decoration is also used by dancers on their feet. Henna is a proven coolant for the body and is now used for medicinal purposes the world over and also as a hair dye.

Related Links:

01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2
03. Indian Art and Craft : India the home of Painting - 3
04. Indian Art and Craft : Ajanta Paintings - 4
05. Indian Art and Craft : Floor Designs and Madhubani Paintings - 5

Indian Art and Craft : Floor Designs and Madhubani Paintings - 5

Guys, it is the 5th segment of Indian Art and Craft. I have furnished here the history of Floor Designs and Madhubani Paintings. Just take a look.


Rangoli, also known as Alpana and Kolam, is the art of decorating floors and walls of houses using the powder of white stone, lime or rice flour, with bare fingers in place of a brush. Most Rangoli designs are motifs of plants and animals, though there are geometrical design as well. Each state has its own styles of painting. On special occasions, its is painted in every home, with or without formal training. Women compete with each other to draw a new design for every occasion. Rangoli is used as a tool for propitiating the Gods.


A folk art, Madhubani paintings are done by women living near the market town of Madhubani in Bihar. The representational but stylized and symbolic Madhubani tradition incorporates the great life-cycle rite of marriage. It portrays some of the major Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu pantheon and domesticated and wild animals. The figures from nature and mythology have been painted through centuries on household walls to mark seasonal festivals of the religious year and for special events such as marriages.

The women came to be acknowledged as "artists" only in the last three decades. It was a major drought in 1966-68 that brought the region into world recognition, resulting in the All-India Handicrafts Board taking notice. It then started encouraging the women artists to produce their traditional paintings on handmade paper for commercial sale. Even now, most of the work remains anonymous as some of them being illiterate remain reluctant to consider themselves individual producers of "works of art".

Commercialization of the folk art has been a mixed blessing. It has generated a multilevel distribution system. It has also allowed people around the world to discover a style of art with a long heritage linked to the lives of women, one that has created a new source of gainful employment for rural Indian women. The continuing market in this art throughout the world is tribute to the resourcefulness of the women of Madhubani who have successfully transferred their techniques of "bbitti cbitra" or wall-painting to the medium of paper and have resisted the temptation to adapt their traditional designs too freely in pursuit of unpredictable public tastes.

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01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2
03. Indian Art and Craft : India the home of Painting - 3
04. Indian Art and Craft : Ajanta Paintings - 4

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Indian Art and Craft : Ajanta Paintings - 4

Guys, it is the 4th segment on the history of Painting in India.


The artists applied mud plaster in two coats on the rocks. The first coat was used to fill in the pores of the rough rocks, followed by a coat of lime plaster. The painting was done in stages. The outline was made in red ocher and then filled in with brown, deep red or black. The pigments for the paints were from local volcanic rocks with the exception of lamp black. Because animal and vegetable glues were used, the paintings were attacked by insects, and suffered from blistering and flaking.

In the later paintings where the figures stand out boldly, deep colour washes were used. Patches of light colours highlighted facial expressions and various methods were used to create an illusion of depth.


A high degree of craftsmanship incorporating all the rules laid down by ancient Indian treatises on paintings and aesthetics are evident here. Once cannot but notice the fluid yet firm lines, long sweeping brush strokes outlining graceful contours, subtle gradation of the same colour, highlighted nose, eyelids and lips that make the figures transpire from the flat wall surface, Animals birds, trees, flowers, architectures are painted in their true form of beauty. Human emotions and characters are depicted with great understanding and skill.

Attenuated postures, supple limbs, artistic features, a great variety of hair styles and styles of ornaments and jewellery painted in the Ajanta caves indicate the skill of its artisans. In a mural in Cave 10, fifty elephants are painted in different poses. The bulky forms are portrayed in all perspective views, with erect tails and raised trunks, showing them sensing danger.

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01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2
Indian Art and Craft : India the home of Painting - 3

Indian Art and Craft : India the home of painting - 3

The Kalamkari technique of painting involves drawing outlines with burnt tamarind twigs dipped in molasses and iron flings. Vegetables dyes of deep shades are used to create epic scenes. With repeated subdued colouring processes, a sober but fine effect is achieved. The finished product depicts mythological themes with larger than life figures. The enormous scope of expression ascertains that no two panels are alike.

The Pata Chitra painters are attached to the family of the Jagannath Temple of Puri. In this tradition, the cloth, cotton or tussar, is coated with a mixture of chalk, tamarind seed and gum giving the surface a leathery finish. These are also drawn on plam leaves. 'Scroll' painting or parchment, is perhaps one of the oldest traditions in painting. In this technique, a pictorial account of the deities and miracles are painted. The lines are distinct and vibrant colours are used. It is also practiced by a select group of families at Warangal. So minute are the details, that they can often be missed by the naked eye.

Phad painting is done by artists belonging to a family of painters in Bhilwara in Rajasthan. The themes usually depict historic tales of Rajput chieftains, painted on long cloth lengths. The outlines of the paintings are first drawn in block and later filled with colours.

Ivory Painting involves highly delicate brush work using the colours from crushsed stone. The ivory is first treated and smoothened. Outlines of the image, usually of a Mughal emperor, are drawn and delicately filled with colour. Today, however there is a ban on ivory and camel bones are used instead.

Thaka Paintings from Leh in Ladakh revolve around the Buddha and ritual worship. Forms of dragons dominate. Thankas, painted on silk, are popular for their brilliant colour display as wall hangings.

Miniature paintings used vegetable dyes and derivatives from nature. While the art exists today, it is not as refined and most of it finds itself on roadsides where it is picked up by tourists. It existed in different forms in Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Buddhist deities, Jain forms, tales from the Ramayana and Mahabharata dominate. The paintings are replete with motifs of flora and fauna in bold and striking colours, with human figures in brilliantly designed turbans and outfits.
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01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2

Guys, welcome to the 2nd segment of the Indian Art and Craft. I am trying to explore the creativity of we Indians in front of the world. Let us move with me.

There are many places where murals from ancient periods have survived include the caves of Ajanta, Bagh, Badami, Ellora Kailasanatha Temple, Talagirisvara Temple, Brahadiswara Temple and the Virupasaka Temple. Best known are the Ajanta Caves carved out of volcanic rock in the Deccan Plateau. The cave paintings were done by artists employed by Buddhist monks who turned the stone walls into picture books of Buddha's life and teachings. The artists, in doing so, portrayed costumes, ornaments and styles of the court life of the times. Close to the ancient trade routes, the caves attracted traders and pilgrims through whom the art style travelled to China and Japan.

The paintings of India have many dimensions to them. Most of the paintings are intricate with clarity in minute detail. Different techniques are used to produce the most exquisite designs and works. The colours used are vibrant and the themes range from royal portraits and events to illustrations of innumerable Gods and Goddesses. The painting techniques are exciting and abundant.
The Glass Painting technique dates back to the courts of 16th century Maharajas of Tanjore. Tanjavur or modern Tanjore in Tamil Nadu, is famous for a special style of decorating the paintings which were done both on glass and board, a piece of ply covered with cloth, which is then treated with lime. The required images are outlined. Following this, semi-precious stones, beaten gold leaf and gilt metal are stuck on the image with a mixture of sawdust and glue. The skill of the craftsman lies in balancing the effect of the stones. Krishna in various poses has been the main theme.

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01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1

Monday, June 9, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1

India is a storehouse of art forms from paintings that flourished from earlier periods, to its sensitive tradition of crafts. Its living traditions are a testimony to numerous art styles. From paintings in caves, temples to even roofs and courtyards of homes, Indians have in the arts, sought a spiritual contentment. some art forms are homage to Gods, and are laced with humility. Artists believed that since art served a specific purpose of addressing the divine, there was no need to add their signatures to the artworks.

Indian arts and handicrafts have, since time immemorial, captivated the imagination of people globally. Every state in India boasts of an exclusivity and specialty, depending upon its historical influences, traditional skills, and raw material. India is world renowned for its dexterity in paintings, exquisite embroidery, beautiful sculptures in stone, metal, wood, temple carvings and elegantly designed jewelery.

Paintings appeared on pots found in the Indus Valley Civilization as early as the 3rd century B.C. The cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora date back to the 1st to 5th century A.D. These, including the wall paintings on Brahadeeswara temple in Thanjavur from 1st century A.D. and the Kalamkari art forms in the Vidharba temple in Lepakshi, portray advanced techniques and refinement of creative styles.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

India : Madhya Pradesh : Festivals, Shopping, Tourist Information Centers and Money Changers at Orchha & Khajuraho - 8

Guys, in last segment of Orchha and Khajuraho, just check it out the important information about festivals, shopping, tourist information centers and money changers.



The festival marks Shiva's marriage with Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas.

Khajuraho Festival of Dance (Feb/March) :

The cream of Indian classical dancers performs here to display the best of Indian dance and music. The flood it temples of Khajuraho provide the perfect backdrop to the festival.



There are number of curios and handicraft shops in the market opposite the western Group of Temples and nearby Gole Market.


Betwa Cottages (MPSTDC), : 252618

India Tourism, Opp. Western group of Temples, : 272347 / 48
Regional Office, M.P.S.T.D.C. Ltd., Chandela Cultural Complex, : 274051
MPSTDC Information Centre, Bus Stand, : 274163


State Bank of India, : 252174

State Bank of India, : 272373

Police Station, : 252622
Post Office, : 252631

Indian Airlines, : 274035
Airport, : 274041
Railway Enquiry, : 274416
Post Office, : 274022
Police Station, : 274032

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India : Madhya Pradesh : Other Attractions - 7

Guys, here are some other attractions belonging to Khajuraho and Orccha cities that one can could not miss to see.

Archaeological Museum :

Situated near the western group of temples, this museum has collection of sculptures, inscriptions, architectural panels and friezes dating back to the 10th and 12th centuries.

Beni Sagar Lake (7 kms) :

It is a good picnic spot, suitable for booting and angling.

Panna National Park (32 kms) :

Situated in a large dense forest belt forming the northen fringe of the natural teak, forest, the park provides on ideal habitat for the tiger. Other rare species that can be seen are the panther, wolf, and gharial.

Ken Gharial Sanctuary (25 kms) :

It is at the confluence of the Ken and Khudar rivers further down Raneh Falls and Nature Trail. Long snorted Gharials can be seen here.

Rajgarh Palace (25 kms) :

A picturesque 150 years old palace.

Gangau Dam (34 kms) :

A natural dam of the confluence of the Ken and Simit rivers. It is a ideal for nature lovers, anglers and the adventure minded.

Panna (44 kms) :

Historic town and capital of Chhatrasal, a national warror and founder of Bundella Kingdom. Panna is also known for the temples of Baldevji, Kishorji, Govindji, Prannathji, Jagannath Swami and Ram.

Ranesh Waterfalls (20 kms) :

Ranesh Falls on the ken river are famous for tis granite rock formations. The main attraction is a 5 km long, 100 foot deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colors ranging pink and red trey. A series of seasonal waterfalls surrounded by jungles make it an ideal picnic spot.

Pandav Falls (34 kms) :

A picturesque waterfalls in a bowl shpaed valley on the ken river. The Pandavas are said to have spent a part of their exile here.

Dhubela Museum (57 kms) :

Located on the banks of a lake, the museum houses a wide variety of Shakti Cult Sculptures.

Ken Nature Trail (25 kms) :

It is a jungle track along the beautiful river Ken exhibiting natural beauty.

Rangaun Lake (25 kms) :

It is an ideal picnic spot suitable for boating and angling.

Majhgawan Diamond Mines (56 kms) :

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Ajaygarh Fort (80 kms) :

An old fort, it was the capital of the Chandelas.

Kalinjar Fort (100 kms) :

The fort stands on an isolated hill of the Vindhyan range and was built during the period of the Guptas.

Nachna (100 kms) :

A famous city of the Gupta Empire, it was known for the Chatumukha Mahadeva Temple.

Satna (120 kms) :

An upcoming industrial town, famous for it's cement factory.

Chitrakoot (185 kms) :

Chitrakoot, 'The hill of many wonder", is a holy town closely associated with the epic. Ramayana, set in sylvan surroundings on the banks of the river Mandakini. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Sita spent 14 years of exile and where the Sage Arti and Sati Anwsuya meditated. The river side is lined with ghats and the town dotted with temples dedicated to several deities of the Hindu Pantheon.