The paintings displayed on this blog-post are from Bangalore’s Kumkum Gallery : Explore the store to purchase
Selecting lovely, awe-inspiring gifts of ethnic Indian arts, crafts & textiles on festivals and special occassions, would generate livelihhod for the brilliant artisans, craftsmen & weavers of India, and prevent these highly creative workers of rural India, from shifting to menial jobs for their livelihood. Thus our timeless, ageless arts & crafts of India too would not go permanently extinct, as is being observed gradually, from the surface of this planet.
Sale of festival gifts is a great way to empower the highly creative rural artisans & craftsmen of India, generating livelihood for them, by the sale of these ethnic arts & crafts in a real big way, through online & offline storesworldwide, during such vibrant Hindu festivals. May be this was the reason why our ancient Indian sages have created so many joyous festivalsfor us fun-loving Indians, non-stop throughout the year.So wise & so thoughtful, so that there’s economic freedom & prosperity everywhere, however insignificant a profession may outwardly look.
History of Tanjore Paintings :
Tanjore or Thanjavur as it is called today acquired its name from the original name the historical city had during the ancient times. Thanjavur was then the capital of the mighty Chola Empire.
The Chola rulers besides being great warriors were builders of magnificent temples. They were great patrons of arts as well. It was against this setting that this highly specialized art-form Tanjore Painting with its characteristically beautiful ornamental work with gold foils, precious stones & gems flourished.
The Tanjore School of Paintings dates back to the 16th century AD.
The paintings are mostly of Hindu Gods and Goddesses as this great art of painting flourished at a time when amazingly beautiful temples were being constructed by the rulers of several dynasties in the south of India.
Tanjore paintings are notable for their dazzling beauty in the form of precious stones, semi-precious stones, pearls, and gold. The rich vibrant colours, foils of gold, semi-precious stones and intricate artistic work are the characteristics of these paintings.
These paintings add beauty to any environment whether temple, corporate office, hotels or homes & make the environment very culturally rich, reminding the immense glorious past of ancient India.
I intend writing a series of blogposts on this beautiful art-form, where I’ll be posting exclusive Tanjore Paintings from some of the finest sources of India. Stay Tuned