India has a rich cultural heritage which is often reflected in its arts. In fact, paintings have been always used to describe and ensconce the mythology and folklore of every region. Every state has developed its own unique style of rendition, and one of these is the famous art of Tanjore paintings which are associated with the state of Tamil Nadu located in Southern India.
Also known as Thanjavur paintings, their origins can be traced to the 16th century. This particular style of painting received royal patronage and they were used to adorn the many of the temples that were being constructed then. This is also one of the reasons why religious themes are reflected in almost all the paintings. Though currently artists are experimenting with new themes and expanding the repertoire of Tanjore style.
The notable features of Tanjore paintings are the embellishments. The paintings are literally adorned using gold leaf, semi-precious stones, pearls, crystals and glass. The figures in these paintings are large and the faces are round and divine. There is also a lot of relief work in the paintings. Since the paintings are created on a specially created board of wood, they are also referred to as “palagai padam” which translated in the local language to mean “wooden plank picture”. The skill of the artist is demonstrated in the attention to detail. An ornate frame helps to add to the opulence of the entire creation.
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