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THE ENCHANTING ART FORM OF INDIA

THE ENCHANTING ART FORM OF INDIA

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THE CHARM OF KALAMKARI ART

With a total of twenty-three tedious steps, the mere intricacy of the Kalamkari
Art is enough to bewitch the mind. Primarily using the earthly colors of rust,
mustard and indigo, all the vibrant colors you witness in Kalamkari Art are
derived from natural sources with little to no traces of chemicals and other
artificial substances. Assimilating the minute details, the Kalamkari artists
use a ‘tamarind twig’ as a pen, sketching the gracious motifs of flora and
fauna and the gods and goddesses of the Hindu mythology.

Predominant in the states of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, the Kalamkari Art
has evolved from its initial two forms of ‘Srikalahasti’ style and
‘Machilipatnam’ style. While the former derives its inspiration from Hindu
mythology etching out the scenes from epics and folklore, the latter draws its
essence from the intricate hand paintings executed by hand-carved traditional
blocks. However, under the new forms of ‘Andhra Kalamkari’ and ‘Gujarat
Kalamkari’, inspiration is drawn from the architectural marvels and
mythological characters.

THE GRACE OF TANJORE ART

Radiating a three-dimensional effect with the use of pearls and semi-precious
stones and adorned with an entire spectrum of vibrant colors, the Tanjore
paintings enchants the eyes of the people, making them drown in this aura of
colors. Mostly revolving around the essence of Hindu Gods and Goddesses,
the paintings are renowned for their diffusing charisma. With its origination
from South India, this form of painting has been influenced over the centuries
from a fusion of cultures.

THE VIBRANCE OF PHAD ART

With all the vibrant colors of the ‘Phad’ paintings being extracted tediously from
natural sources, the art form confers to a deeper meaning. With each of the
vivid colors being associated with a certain element of the painting, it is quite
rightful to say that the Phad paintings depict the ideal amalgamation of
creativity and symbolism. Adorned with detailed intricacy, each component of
the Phad paintings are depicted with a specified color such as orange for
limbs, green for nature and blur for curtains, hence giving art the depiction of
a travelling temple. Considered to be among the most extraordinary art forms,
the Phad paintings offer the ideal fusion of the various constituents of the
vibrant Indian culture.

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