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Tanjore Paintings-Where Mastery Of Skill Meets Beauty Of Precision

By on November 16, 2012

There are seven celebrated aboriginal Painting styles of India; Tanjore Paintings is one of them. It is a South Indian Painting, specialty of Thanjavur Town, which is located in Tamil Nadu. The convention of Tanjore paining is pretty old, it’s dated back in 1600 AD, when Thanjavur had its robust presence in Indian stream of cultural activities like classical music, dance, and painting.

This style of art is famous for its extremely rich color contract, vivid details, and unique compactness. Predominantly, themed wth devotional icons, the subject lines of Tanjore art are Hindu deities and Saints, and legendary moments from Indian epics and mythological origin of Hindu religion.

Tanjore Paintings are basically meant for panel painting as most of the art work is done on a wooden board called ‘palagai padam’ in Tamil. Making these artifices is an extensive work and needs great mastery and eye for minute detailing. Besides mastery of art the artist has to learn the traditional way of preparing the base of the picture. A piece of cloth is pasted on the wooden board and the concerned artist draws a picture on it. Then chalk power and water soluble adhesive are mixed together for applying on the board as its base. After the drawing is well sketched, its ornaments are made with Jaipur stones and artistic use of thread and lace. Best quality dyes are used for adding color to the figures drawn in the painting theme.

Originally Tanjore paintings were only themed on Lord Krishna and his different postures, although other deities and icons are also found now-a-days in these artworks. The figures drawn in Tanjore paintings are large and as a custom the faces are circular in shape and divine.  The eyes of the deities are broad and outer lines are drawn by red or brown color. For Lord Krishna’s pictures, eye colors are always used as blue. Other than Jaipur stones, the adornment of these artworks are made with glass pieces, pearls, and gold. Best quality gold foils are used to ensure that the paintings and their glow continues for generations. Although different shapes and colorful Tanjore paintings are available for purchase, these paintings come in three basic types with three types of finishes: antique style, classic, and embossed.

Crafted with careful precision the Thanjavoor artworks look splendid. What keeps these Tanjore specialties separate from other types of Indian paintings, in general, are the added extras drawn over the basic sketch with precious and semi-precious decorations, the background of relief work and subsequent 3-D effect in these paintings. These pictures are made in various sizes: the paintings available in the market are found in big sizes as well as miniature ones of mere 6-inch square size.

These Tanjore paintings mostly radiate a pure religious spirit and for obvious reasons, these are fixed in the puja rooms for gorgeous interior décor in Hindu residences;  however, use of these artworks are also found in porticos or galleries, corridors in deluxe hotels, as well as in the lobbies of Corporate Offices for decoration purpose.  Also, these exclusive colorful paintings can be excellent festive gifts for the persons you love and adore.

 

One Comment

  1. Mala Chandrashekhar

    December 6, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Very well written post on Tanjore Paintings. But it would be wrong to call it an art form of aborigines.Traditional Indian arts and crafts is something I adore and worship. I even write a Blog on the rich cultural heritage of India, including its timeless arts and crafts. Would love to share my passions with like minded people around the globe.

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