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Monday, February 10, 2014

Tanjore Paintings in Thanjavur

Tanjore painting or Thanjavur Oviyam  is a major form of classical South Indian painting from the town of Thanjavur in Tamilnadu. The art form dates back to about 1600 AD, a period when the Nayaks of Thanjavur encouraged art—chiefly, classical dance and music—as well as literature, both in Telugu and Tamil. Tanjore paintings are known for their surface richness, vivid colors, compact composition and especially the glittering gold foils used to give the paintings their rich look . Essentially serving as devotional icons, the subjects of most paintings are Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints. Episodes from Hindu tradition are drawn upon as elaborations of the main figure or figures placed in the central section of the picture. Tanjore paintings are panel paintings done on solid wood planks, and hence referred to as palagai padam (palagai = "wooden plank"; padam = "picture") in local language. In modern times, these paintings have become souvenirs of festive occasions in South India, pieces to decorate walls, and collectors' items for art lovers.
Arumugham  - the artisan who produces these amazing Tanjore paintings at his small workshop
Goddess Lakshmi - goddess of Wealth
Lord Krishna(the baby) & his mother Yashoda
Lord Ganesha
Gaja Lakshmi - The Goddess of the lephants
Lord Siva & goddess Parvati seated in Rishabha or the celestial bull
Lord Venkatachalapati
Lord Ganesha

24 comments:

  1. Lots of colour and content. I like the abundance of gold......image 3 is my favourite.

    Happy Monday!
    Ruby

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  2. Everytime I get to meet artists in their exhibits, I get excited. One can never second guess the mind of an artist so it's always interesting - and never boring - to get to talk to them. :)

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  3. Is the mouse significant with Lord Ganesha?

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    1. It is the celestial vehicle on which Lord Ganesa travels.

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  4. he is very talented, the detail is amazing. my favorite is the celestial bull painting.

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  5. wow! really beautiful! the goldwork is stunning.

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  6. I want to have one for my home. One of the best art forms from our country. Beautiful shots, Sir.

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    1. Sure Saru. Pl. come to Thanjavur during your next visit to India. I can take you to the dealer.

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  7. Beautiful! Lord Ganesha figures high. I love Gaja Lakshmi. I bet that there are still working elephants in this part of India.

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    1. Yes there are in some parts of India. But the numbers of working elephants have reduced considerably.

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  8. They are all beautiful paintings! Enjoy your week!

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  9. Beautiful photos..We bought little Krishna's painting when we visited Tanjavur..They really are very talented people.. :-)

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  10. Superb captures RK, Where are these shops? Near palace?

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    1. I am giving the address: N.Arumugham,1861, West Main Street, Thanjavur - 613009. Mob: 09894679679.

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  11. Gold is used effectively and it must take much time to make them. The artist's imagination is so good. Have a nice day!

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  12. Such beautiful works of art Ram. I wish the artists and the painters were looked after in a better way by the government.. for the art they create is incredible!

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