Tanjore Paintings

Culture is a dynamic force that complements a community’s life pattern. It reflects the procession of time and the transversal patterns of migratory influences in the arts and other advances in life.

Ancient Tamil Nadu, in the southern part of India, consisted of three kingdoms, Chera, Chola and Pandya. The Chera Kingdom is roughly similar to the area of ​​the present Kerala state, Chola is the northern area of ​​Tamil Nadu and Pandya to the southern area of ​​Tamil Nadu.

The Chola kingdom, which is the capital of Thanjavur, can be called the gift of Cauveri. The word Thanjavur reflects the meaning of “a place of refuge” (thanjam) in Tamil. Tanjore land has been a backdrop of mythology, the God of wealth, Kubera ruled from this place.

During Rajaraja Cholan’s reign, many sculptors and painters from Andhra came to Tanjore. The Vaishnavite element of paintings entered the “chitrakootam”. The walls of Ramaswamy Temple in Kumbakonam were painted with the Ramayana episode and the Ramar Pattabhishekam scene painted there was adopted for Tanjore Painting by the Andhra painters.

The Tanjore painting was of Telugu speaking origin. There are two main communities of these families, Rajus in Thanjavur and Trichy and Nayudus in Madurai. Both are from the Andhra area and they came down to Thanjavur and Madurai in search of patronage following the dissolution of the Vijayanagar Empire. F. R. Hemingray in Madras District Gazette, Madras 1906, reports, “some good painting is done on Tanjore by men from Raju caste. They paint on wooden boards or on cloth made beautifully smooth with a paste of powder and rubber, and their drawing is correct and tints applied. is amazingly delicate and straight. ”This is a reference to early Tanjore Painting artists from Tanjore.

Timelessness is one of those words that floats happily around, it is a quality that we generally assume “great art” has, while smaller works of art do not.

Citing an essay, “Great art always has two qualities in relation to temporality. It is of its moment – every art cannot help but be shaped by the realities of the era, but great art also reflects and shapes its moment and makes it into a different way from just as great art from a previous era. It is timely. At the same time, great art transcends its moment, it communicates powerfully well after its creation. It is timeless. “

Tanjore Painting is closely associated with and associated with Hinduism, that is lore, puranas and epic.

The carrier is God and goddesses that were the subject of worship from ancient times. The former painters were encouraged to paint the walls of temples, palaces, durbar halls with mythological and puranic motifs. the painters were also asked to paint portraits of the royal family. They were on the wages of the royal treasury.

The art of painting was generally hereditary. Education in painting was passed down from generation to generation, passed on to the family of the elders and experienced. In an orthodox method of teaching that involves a combination of tradition and innovation, education covers a period of three years.

In the first year, the trainee is taught, after successful introduction, to prepare free hand designs which include the various Godheads mudras, contours of Godheads, flowers and animals, curtains, embellishments, angels in line drawings. Along with the pencil drawings, the contours of the different parts of the body, conditions, clothes such as dhotis, sarees and ornaments are learned. Later, brushing will begin. Pencil models are also taught. along with and immediately after brushing practice, the use of color shadows is learned.

Today, Tanjore Paintings is made on a wooden plate, richly embossed with 22 carat gold foil, embellished with semi-precious stones. A variety of themes are depicted, from Hindu gods / goddesses to Jesus, Mother Mary and jewels and musical instruments in contemporary Tanjore paintings.

At Timeless Tanjore, we strive to make any painting timeless. Our focus on high quality materials such as waterproof, termite resistant, kitply wood base, original 24 karat gold foil, 100% authentic Jaipur gemstones and natural pigments for paint ensures that your Tanjore Painting will stand the test of time. Divine motives also require painting to be of a beautiful, admirable character, and we ensure that every single painting of ours evokes devotion and steals the hearts of the spectators.

We also take Tanjore Painting classes in Bangalore.

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