Fechas y horarios15 SEP 2016
For ages, India has been considered as a mystical land, a land of rich heritage, different cultures, numerous traditions and diversity. The diversity in traditional art forms of the country supports this image of India. These art forms are so distinct and diverse that even Indians are not cognizant of the plethora of hues and forms that the traditional India art has to offer. This diversity in art form can be attributed to the division of this subcontinent into regions, where every region has distinctive culture, dialect and their unique art form. Some of the famous traditional art forms of India are: Madhubani paintings, Miniature paintings, Warli art, Gond paintings, Kalamkari and Tanjore paintings.
Earlier, the traditional Indian art form was practiced by women to adorn the walls and entrance of their homes. With the passage of time, artists started using other mediums like canvases to express themselves. Usually, these art forms are practiced by Indian tribes that reside in remote forests. With almost no connect with urbanization, these tribes are very close to nature and value it highly, so much so that they consider it equivalent to God. Nature is a common and recurrent theme in traditional Indian paintings. In addition to nature, these paintings illustrate mythological stories depicting valor of Gods and Goddesses and even day to day occurrence in the most beautiful and enchanting way. They all are exceptional, admirable and incomparable in their own might.
These forms of Indian traditional paintings are not only famous in India; they also enjoy immense popularity across the world. Unique patterns and indigenous techniques of paintings make them special. These art forms have been able to preserve their distinct charisma because the techniques of creating these paintings are handed down from generation to generation. These techniques cannot be learned in art schools; they are learnt the old way. Handed down from one generation to another, Indian traditional art is still alive and thriving in many parts of the country. Till this date, many of these painting techniques are untouched by modernization. Artists use year-old methods to create masterpieces. They prepare their own canvases from clothes; obtain colors from flower petals, leaves, minerals and natural dyes and use tree twigs and natural hair as brushes. It is the hard work of these artists that lends these paintings a sense of richness and vintage nostalgia.
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