Monday, 25 July 2011

Tanjore painting

An imperative form of classical South Indian painting which is subject to the town of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, India is Tanjore painting. The Nayakas of Thanjavur encouraged art, classical dance and music as well as literature both in Telugu and Tamil before the period of 1600 AD. Tanjore paintings are well known for its surface wealth, bright colors and dense composition. The major subject of Tanjore paintings is their Hindu gods and goddesses, and saints as well.

Tanjore paintings

Tanjore painting process consists of many stages. The initial stage is to make the preliminary drawing of the image on the base. The base can be a cloth pasted over a wooden base.  After that the chalk powder or zinc oxide is mixed with water-soluble adhesive and applied on the bottom and in order to make the bottom smoother, a gentle coarse is applied a little bit. 

After the completion of the drawing, the image is decorated with the jewellery and the apparels. The stones which are used to decorate the image are called as semi-precious stones or Jaipur stones. The jewellery has also been decorated with threads or laces. Then the gold foils are placed on top of it. And at last pigments are used to add colors to the figures in the paintings.

Tanjore figures paintings are fixed. The figures are addressed in the center of the board in which the inside portion is beautifully decorated with arches or curtains.

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