Nirmal Paintings are a popular form of paintings done in the town of Nirmal in Nirmal District of Telangana, India. They form a small-scale industry in the town.
The craftsmen have formed a community and stay at Nirmal and practice their art in the form of a small-scale business. The paintings have golden hues.
This art form has derived its name from the place of its origin, Nirmal. The evolution of the Nirmal art goes back to the days of the Kakatiya dynasty.
This art was practiced in the 14th century by a group of artisans who are known as Naqash. The Mughals loved the art so much that they patronized the skill and art.
It was in the 1950s that Lady Hyderi brought these artisans to the princely state of Hyderabad and promoted their craft.
The colours of these paintings are extracted from minerals, herbs and various other plants.
The themes of these paintings have drawn influence from Ajanta and other Mughul art. The painting of this dazzling gold are set against the backdrop of black.
The first step is to lacquer the wood surface and then paint the precise design on it. Other designs can be traced and then drawn with the help of chalk. Then the paintings happen with bright colours and finally touched with gold and then varnished.
Nirmal town in Telangana has always been considered as the gifted land related to art and crafts. The art community of craftsmen in this town are called as ‘Naqash’ and they have made this region, quite famous for the Nirmal paintings.
The paintings capture rustic ethos to splendid royal environment, and right from flora to fauna, there are an explicit array of beautiful expressions which are portrayed in myriad colours and attractive forms on Nirmal products.
Most of the Nirmal Paintings consist of traditional art scenes drawn from the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, influenced by other schools of art from earlier times like Kangra, Ajanta and also Mughal miniatures.
This art form received great patronage during the Mughals and the Nizams too.
There are many colours used in Nirmal Paintings, and most of them are derived from natural sources.
The motifs used are quite popular with attractive finish on the canvass. Birds are depicted very attractively and the world-class export quality of these paintings has earned wide recognition and rewards.
Lepakshi Handicrafts offers Nirmal paintings at reasonable prices. These are ideal to decorate your drawing rooms and they can also be gifted as cherished souvenirs.