TANJORE PAINTING AND SIGNIFICANCE
TANJORE PAINTING also known as TANJAVUR PAINTING , originated from Tanjore , a place in Tamilnadu , referred as “City of Temples” , with a lot of cultural history , a place known for it’s art and architectural heritage , with immaculate South Indian culture going on . This form of painting , since it is associated with this place , has a richly religious effect on the painting of gods and goddesses , is vivid and detailed.
ABOUT THE ARTFORM.
This artform is very traditional , exquisite in style originating from Chola reign , it is made and decorated with original gold foil embossed on it to add shine , durability , value , and aesthetics . It is handcrafted painting of gods and goddesses and decorated with details using stones , cut glasses , paint , leaving an intricate work behind . Considering it’s authentic and traditional style , makes it of enriched value . It’s renowned across the world . Time taken to make this painting depends and varies on the size of the medium , it takes from weeks to months to more time depending on the size of the medium . It is mainly known for it’s rich embellishments.
THIS ART FORM INSPIRES A LOT IN US .
A lot of patience is built in us practicing this , and definitely more focus and devotion into the artform , because it is made with a lot of precision for detailing .
It takes also to work more on our eyesight , considering how intricate the working is . We build patience , focus , devotion to the artform for great results .
It is important that we learn these kind of significant artforms as it is important to preserve the cultural heritage and to let artforms get exposed to all parts of world to inspire.
It comes with a lot of history , so it’s significant to carry it through generations.
Each painting is quite expensive considering how much effort , time and materials used in it , it is to be truly appreciated and encouraged to be practiced as well.
They are locally known as ‘Palagai Padam’ as it is mainly done on solid wood planks.
HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
- The main character is always painted in the middle of the painting.
- Artists usually give a three-dimensional effect to the pictures.
- The first step among the numerous steps in the making of the painting involves drawing of the preliminary sketch of the image on the base.
- The base of the Tanjore painting is made up of cloth and is pasted over a wooden base.
- The painting uses a mixture of chalk powder or zinc oxide with water-soluble adhesive to spread on the base.
- Thereafter, the picture is drawn and decorated with the diamond, lace, thread, cut glass, pearls and even semi-precious stones.
THEREFORE IT’S A VERY INSPIRING ARTFORM ARISING FROM OUR LANDS .
There are many other similar art forms of this sort , like Kerala Mural , Mysore painting and other similar artworks , similar yet authentic and original in it’s own ways , from other parts of Southern India , which are intricately detailed , vivid and traditional .
It is important we realize , Art is of impact always , ‘ART IMITATES LIFE ‘ and life also imitates art in many ways , it familiarises people with the subjects and contents in it , it connects to the people , and traditional arts reminds us of our roots .
It’s preservation is more important than ever as these paintings are an artistic window that helps the current and future generations understand the country’s rich history, diversity, culture, and heritage.
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