· Fine Arts
· Contemporary Indian Art
· Early Paintings
As an Art form, painting has been a part of India since very early times. The earliest example of painted pots was found in 3rd century BC as part of the Indus valley civilization. The cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora are among the earliest paintings using colored dyes, and the paintings in our ancient temples of Thanjavur and Vidarbha show a tremendous improvement in technique and processes.
Forms of Indian Art
Contemporary Indian Art is available in the standard forms, of oil on canvas, acrylic, paper or wood, water color paintings on paper and a large range of lithographs, oleographs, and screen prints, as well as mixed media works that could include indigenous materials like natural dyes, clay, metal chips and a variety of items. The traditional craft forms such as Miniatures, Tanjores and Madhubanis are also being adapted to modern techniques and to the requirements of the discerning buyers.
Contemporary Indian painting can trace its roots to the beginning of the 20th century and to art schools in Calcutta and other centres of India. The fight for independence also saw the emergence of a very highly individualized style of Indian painting. Raja Ravi Verma is considered to be the father of modern Indian painting. His visual representation of Indian women, their clothes and jewellery have become masterpieces and are valued collectors items. Abindranath Tagore played a major role in bringing the Bengal School of painting to the forefront. Among the other renowned painters of this series were Jamini Roy, A.K.Haldar, Sarada Charan and Nandlal Bose. Rabindranath Tagore developed his own style of painting and was among the first modern Indian painter to hold an exhibition in Paris.
Folk art everywhere in the world is real and catches the steady thud of the earth's heartbeat. At its purest it is true, uninfluenced, and expressing the rawest concerns of its people and forging the closest links to a people's environment and its underlying economy. There is no dressing up, no false note.
An Unabashed Paean to Color
The most vibrant and festal wall paintings are found in Rajasthan. The interior and exterior walls of palaces as well as ordinary dwellings are an unabashed paean to color. They are made over completely with huge frescoes of elephants, horses, and camels, scenes of royal processions and exciting hunts as well as depictions of mythological characters and stories. Painted wet on lime plaster in mineral colors the paintings slowly became embedded in the wall giving the effect of inlay work of colorful stone on white marble, another specialty of the region.
The temple and monastery paintings in Tamil Nadu and Andhra as well as the murals at the Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kerala reflect their regional skills. The Rathva tribals of Gujarat and the Bhilala tribal’s of Madhya Pradesh in central India paint on the mud walls of their houses the myth of creation. Sometimes airplanes and clocks also make their appearance in this essentially tribal worldview.
The Art of Mehndi
The wedding season is on! It's May already, which means the wedding season's in full swing! Indian weddings are noisy colorful family get-togethers, which wouldn't be complete without certain things - the religious ceremonies, the feast for the guests, and of course, the beautiful mehndi designs adorning the hands and feet of the bride and her friends. Read about mehndi, the ancient Indian body art that's reinvented itself as a modern fashion accessory.
It's safe and painless since it does not require the skin to be pierced. It's completely natural and non-toxic. It's fun, exotic, beautiful, and as simple or complicated as you want it to be. It can last for a couple of days or as long as a month. It's a 5000 year old tradition and a modern craze. It was used by our grandmothers and their grandmothers and their grandmothers ... but our daughters and granddaughters also think it's “cool ". It goes by the name of mehndi, and it's the ancient Indian art of adorning the hands and feet with intricate designs and patterns, using a paste made from the finely ground leaves of the henna plant.
The term refers to the powder and paste, the design on the skin, as well as the party or ceremony. It originated in Egypt and in Middle Eastern countries during ancient times and it slowly spread to India and other hot climates like Malaysia, Persia, Syria, Morocco, Sudan and North Africa