India is blessed with a rich and varied cultural heritage. It is home to people from different walk of life, religion, caste, creed, and color. Because of this very reason, India is a land where different art styles have been originated and developed. Most of these art styles can be characterized by intricate patterns and bright colors.
Nevertheless, even though all of us love our country, we are not aware of all the customs, traditions and art that is practiced in the state we live. We know that our country is abode to many art forms and handicrafts. But are we aware of the effort and time that is put in making them? Maybe, that’s because we never bothered much about art. That is why, in this blog, we have mentioned some of the facts related to Indian art. After reading these you will know why exactly you should care about the art of our country. Let’s begin.
- Madhubani Art was used as a powerful weapon to prevent deforestation. In 2012, artists of the Madhubani district started creating paintings on the tree trunks. Due to this, no tree on the highway was cut. The place later went on to become a major tourist attraction as well. So, when you visit Bihar, don’t forget to go to Highway number 52.
- Tanjore paintings have shifted from making just the Hindu Deities to making deities of every other religion as well. This sort of Indian art painting in particular is extremely popular. The gold foil used in these paintings is a major attraction. Contrary to the popular belief, these paintings are now also used to depict Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Sikhism.
- Pattachitra art now has more to offer than the mere depiction of epics and folklore. This scroll painting now also talks about geopolitical, social and health-related issues.
- The artisans practicing Kalamkari stay unaffected by the large-scale textiles printing fabrics. Yes, artists still do Kalamkari on the fabrics using everything organic on the cloth. The brushes, color and everything else involved is totally natural.
- Agra is famous for the craft that artisans of the city do on the marble stones. The pieces of this craft are taken by the tourists as a souvenir. This art form has passed on to over six generation or more till now. Isn’t it quite astonishing?
- Warli art is yet another tribal art form that continues to receive love till now. The art form originated in 2500 BC; initially practiced by the Warli tribe on the walls, the presence of this art style can be seen in our day to day life. The ethnic clothes we wear, the mugs we use, the lanterns in our house and the paintings miniature or large are widely available in the market.
- The British Museum is home to thousands of south Indian paintings. Many of them are the one that were made in 17th century. As a matter of fact, these paintings were shown to the people of Britain in 2007 as a way to celebrate the Independence Day of India.
- Mural art is a precious Indian art which is practiced using natural products till now. The art form is 3500 years old and in some parts of the country, murals are still made using vegetable colors that are completely eco-friendly.
- The block art printing is something that is mostly used for printing cotton sarees with some geometric or repetitive print. This handicraft is done manually and is alive since three centuries. Rajasthan’s Chippa community is the community that practices this art form ardently.
Now that you know about some intriguing facts about Indian Art, you clearly are more proud of the country you live in and the artists who practice this. However, now most of the art forms are perishing due to the increasing popularity of modern and abstract art forms. After being aware of the amount of efforts and time invested, it’s time for us to do a bit for the artists who are taking steps to keep these art forms alive. Buy a handicraft or a painting and educate your friends. Let’s make efforts to flourish the art of India even more.