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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.


January 26, 2010 Posted by | Art museums, Indian Art, Indian Paintings | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Famous Art Museums

 NGMA also known as The National Gallery of Modern Art is situated in New Delhi. One of the India’s most prestigious art museum, It has branches in Mumbai and Bangalore as well. This is the leading art museum in India which boasts of proud artwork collection. NGMA, New Delhi has astonishing collection of more than 15,000 art works. The works of famous artists like, Gaganendranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher gill and Rabindranath Tagore etc are adorning the walls of NGMA. Apart from great collection of Indian artists, NGMA also has few of the most popular art works of foreign artists like tha of Thomas Daniell and Pablo Picasso.


Victoria Memorial Museum, Kolkata has a great reputation amongst art aficionados because of its old history and beautiful collection of sculptures, paintings and other art works. Cultural diversity of Kolkata is evident in the collection of art works in Victoria Memorial Museum.  


One of the oldest museums in India is famous Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad. Its collection include European Paintings & sculptures, Japanese Silk Paintings, Mughal Miniatures, rare manuscripts, Chinese Porcelain, Musical clock, Carpets, Sculpture of Veiled Rebecca, Clocks, Double figure by Italian sculptor G.H Benzoni and jade crafted knifes of Jehangir & Nurjahan. Other delightful collections include European paintings like ‘Venice’, ‘Soap Bubbles’ etc. Salar Jung museum has numerous galleries and all of them possess diverse collections.


The Government Museum and Art Gallery is based in Chandigarh. It has numerous portraits collection, ancient Indian and gandhra sculptures, architecture classics, metal sculptures, amazing section of indian miniature paintings, Medieval Indian sculptures and attractive range of contemporary art-works.

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Art museums | Leave a comment

Art Museums- Introduction

If anyone is interested in knowing the depth of art culture in a country, one is advised to visit country’s museums! Art museums are best places to feel the beauty and class of different forms of arts. Art museums exhibit visual arts for the public! They not only mirror the true rich cultural tradition of a country but they also make the public aware of so many hidden facts about the world of arts. Art museums exhibit, paintings, sculptures, photographs, illustrations etc. few of the most famous museums also possess objects of applied arts. India has always been very proud of its rich cultural heritage and fascinating history. No wonder, we have many reputed museums in different parts of our country. Each one of the museum is unique in terms of its great collection and every single collection has a history behind it.

Few of the famous Art Museums in India are:-

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)
Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
Victoria Memorial Museum, Kolkata
Goa State Museum, Goa
The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh
Prachina Cultural Center and Museum, Bikaner
Tripura Government Museum, Tripura
Government State Museum and National Art Gallery, Chennai
Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, Hyderabad
The Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai
Fort St. George Museum, Chennai
Karnatka Goverment Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore
Rabindra Bharati Museum, Kolkata
Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Art museums | 1 Comment