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Kamangari Paintings of Kutch

Keen followers of Indian art must have heard of Kamangari paintings of Kuch. The Kuch region is situated in the state of Gujarat and has always been associated with rich cultural heritage. The Kamangari School of painting is particular to the region. The origin of this magnificent art system goes back to good old days when the rulers and rich echelon of society used to patronize artists. The major job of these artists was to paint the walls of work place, temples and houses. Some peculiar characteristics of Kamangari art relates to method of painting.

 The artists always used wet plastered background to paint the creation. The reason was long lasting nature of such paintings. The brushes used for paintings were made from bark of palm trees. The colors were extracted from leaves, pebbles and clay mixed with gypsum. The themes of the paintings covered a wide range of subjects like epic stories or even day to day life scenario. One can see some of the mythological characters painted in Kamangari paintings.

 Some themes were unique because they had no connection with Kutch region. These scenes and events came from people who had migrated to other regions in search of livelihood. The migrated people came to know about new things in other regions and when they used to come back, they would ask the artists to depict those events and objects. The Kamangari artists found more themes when British arrived in the Kutch region. A large number of these paintings have been done on the walls. The present state of Kamangari art is far from encouraging and due to changing socio-economic situations, the Kamangari artists have shifted to other professions. Yet, one can witness this beautiful form of artworks in Kutch Museum and Aina Mahal, another museum in Bhuj.

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January 26, 2010 - Posted by | Art museums, Indian Art, Indian Paintings | , , , , ,

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