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Art in society

Art plays a major role in our society. Right through the journey of human civilization, art has always remained an integral part of our evolution. The first and foremost contribution of art is in bringing awareness to people. It expresses truths about humankind that cannot be expressed any other way. Art is a wonderful medium for presenting ideas that all of us can connect to. Art has definitely helped in improving our society. Most often than not, the ideas expressed through art are radical and revolutionary in nature and if these ideas can make people take actions, we are definitely headed for a better world.

To make art real effective in the sphere of society, art must be made available to the public. People should be able to appreciate the true value and inherent message of the art. Art cannot do anything on its own, unless people are willing to change their mindset. People need to experience art before they can think of taking concrete steps for the betterment of society. If art is not available to the general public, it is definitely a loss to the society.

Art is known to depict wonderful emotions like love, beauty, devotion etc. Art makes people respond emotionally. It has such power. Considering the fact that ideas expressed through art are universal in nature, people all across the globe are able to connect to a single theme. No other medium has such power. Art is also instrumental in encouraging understanding amongst people. Art truly has the power to bring required changes to our society.


July 30, 2010 Posted by | Indian Art | , , , | Leave a comment

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


One of the most traditional and popular method of dyeing in India is Bandhej. In states like Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is also known as Bandhani. The most fascinating aspect about this tradition is usage of color. Most of the colors being used are vibrant and bright like green, black, red and yellow. It is practiced in many parts of India. As far as base color of the textile is concerned, it is normally a light shade of pink, blue, brown or turquoise. You have to see the final outcome to exclaim Wow! The effect is more than stunning and one will be forced to appreciate the dyeing practice.

Most of the readymade garments and female attires like dupattas, kurtas, saris, lehengas, skirts and salwars bear testimony to this practice. One can witness some very beautiful designs and patterns used in Bandhani. Many clothes have designs of animal and human figures which is obviously an elaborate and delicate process. Chikhara and chandokhni are terms associated with attires meant for brides. Basant bahar is associated with pattern that has vibrant colors of spring season. Chokidal is the deisgn with elephant and other animals whereas mor zad is for peacock pattern.

Bandhej is quite a simple and yet highly effective process. Patterns are created with utmost care and are given full time. Many of the intricate designs take no less than a week. Cloth is often bleached and folded into layers. The thickness of cloth decided the design. Trying and dyeing of silk or cotton clothes is the main essence of this process.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Indian Art | , , , , | Leave a comment

Indian Pottery

One of the ancient arts of India that has continued to exist even today is Pottery. It was practiced during old ages and even now one can see pottery work in many parts of the country. It’s tough to exactly pinpoint the date and time of origin of this art but it is being suggested that Neolithic period witnessed the advent of pottery. Many handmade pottery objects have been found that belonged to Neolithic age. These objects are in various colors like red, black, cream, white and orange. Utensils that were used included jars, bowls and vessels. Wheel made pottery was found in excavation. Archaeological sites of Harappa and Mohenjodaro have been found with several handmade potteries.

 If we talk about Indus Valley civilization then relics found were basically red wares that were black painted. Indian pottery went through sort of evolution as the time panned out. New styles of pottery emerged during subsequent era. One of the oldest form of pottery is unglazed pottery that has been in practice since centuries. Unglazed pottery is divided into three types of paper thin pottery, scrafito and highly polished pottery.

 The era of glazed pottery began in 12th century AD; these were fine potteries of Persian models. Terracotta is quite common form of pottery in many parts of India. Lastly, Papier-Mache pottery is made up of paper pulp. All these pottery forms are still in existence and practiced in many parts of India with fervor.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Indian Art | , , , , | Leave a comment

Stone Craft


India is undoubtedly a treasure house of various forms of fascinating art. Spread over all across India are several pieces of art belonging to different eras. Whether it’s sculptural art, carved cave temples, stunningly intricate designs in form of pictures and paintings and other sculptural artifacts, India is truly a treasure dove of work of arts. To someone, who is new in this field, things are more likely to look similar but once we spend some time with them and devote some careful analysis, we start finding a glimpse of India‘s glorious past, her mysterious civilization, and importantly, her lost history.


Stone craft has a glorious history in India. It has existed since many centuries. We can find examples of stone craft in the polished sandstone lion edict of Sarnath to the present time. Needless to say, it has traveled a long distance and that too a memorable one. Stone craft in India is credited to give expression to many other styles. Some of them are; the Gandhara, the Maurya, the Chola, the Gupta, the Vijaynagar, the Chalukya, the Hoysala, the Orissa, the Mogul, the Indo-Muslim art of the Deccan and the many others.  In its memorable journey, stone craft not only flowered, transformed but also represented itself in numerous art works. We can find it in the rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora and of Udayagiri; in the great Chola temple of the Nayakas at Madurai, in the Chalukyan temple of Virupaksha of Pattadakal, in the Indo-Aryan temples at Bhuvaneshwar, Puri and Konark, the Sun temple of Modhera, Gujarat and the Chandela temples of Khajuraho etc.  All the above mentioned examples are timeless edifices of exquisite stone carvings. These are also a great inspiration to modern day stone artists.


October 8, 2008 Posted by | Indian Art | , , | Leave a comment

Changing Forms Of Indian Art

In the previous article we talked about Famous Indian artists and their significant contribution in the development of Indian art. Artists like Raja Ravi Varma, abindranath Tagore, Amrita Sher-gill, Tyeb Mehta, Jamini Roy, M.F.Hussain, V.S.Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, Rameshwar Broota, Manjit Bawa etc have helped in reviving Indian art.

 As we know India, India has always been a rich focal point for many forms of arts and paintings. These forms include Mughal painting, South Indian Paintings, Rajput paintings, Madhubani paintings, Bengal paintings etc. these paintings boast of rich legacy and proud history. With changing eras, the form of arts also changed. Continuing from ancient times, traditional Indian art has evolved first it was represented by Modern art which reigned from late 19th century till the period of 1960s. The Modern Indian art accurately elucidates the reasons behind the current artistic renaissance. This renaissance becomes even more prominent when we realize the fact that we were ruled for two centuries by the British yet our traditions have remained strong.

 Today the rich tradition of Indian art is represented by the absolute splendor of contemporary Indian Art. Considered as one of the most vibrant in the world, the contemporary Indian art is noticeable by a delightful liveliness that has not been seen since the days of Mughal art of the16th and 17th centuries. Contemporary art refers to the arts created since the mid of 20th century.

April 17, 2008 Posted by | Indian Art | Leave a comment

Tracing Indian Art…

indianartimage1_byx2.jpgThe origin of arts in India goes a long way back. Every period of Indian art is unique blend of art and artists. It is unique in the sense that, it manages to peak itself for the purpose of achieving the ideals of several philosophies in a visual form. Indian art possesses the inherent element of novelty and conception. This has greatly aided by the Indian artists who have always excelled in the process of envisaging abstract ideas and the culture of the land.  Indian art gives us a wonderful insight of true India. True India which has a vibrant history, co-existent plentiful of religions and path breaking philosophies.

The Indian art has always been at the fulcrum of India’s social and edifying hierarchies. Frequent intercultural exchanges gave our art enormous scope for change and development. Ancient Indian religions with its deep-rooted convention of illustrative philosophy shaped Indian art in a diverse pattern, which was as diverse as the Indian landscape. This culminated in an inimitable art, which was ingenious, humanizing and spiritual.

March 27, 2008 Posted by | Indian Art | Leave a comment

Indian Art, The grand celebration of India’s rich cultural heritage! India has always been a proud land for its art, paintings, music and spiritual texts. Indian art truly represents Indian life. ajanta-cave.jpgIt also gives us a wonderful glance into India’s subsequent vast natural backdrop and its socio-religious traditions. Rich,glorious and colorful. Indian artists have always excelled in manifesting the glory of Mother Nature in its various forms. The depiction of God and Goddesses in the famous temples of khajurao, Ajanta and Ellora and many other places is truly a treat for art aficionados.      

  Indian art possess inherent quality of impressionism and ingenuity. Whether its awe inspiring sculptures or rich Indian paintings like Madhubani painting, Mysore Painting, Tanjore Painting etc or even modern Indian art, Indian Art’s far reaching impact sans any boundaries can be distinctly seen and felt. Indian art has never been an impersonate representation of any specific religious beliefs. It was, it is and it always will be beyond them. In fact, the class of Indian art originates from rich Indian civilization, great philosophies, amalgamation of various religions, symbols and designs. Diversity of art, ideas and experimentation is what we witness in Indian art.   The panoramic view of Indian art can be classified into many periods. Ancient art period, Islamic period, Buddhist period, independence period, post independence period and period of modern and post modern art. Each of these periods has left a proud legacy.  

Let’s celebrate the grandeur of Indian Art which has always managed to surpass the glorious works of previous ages!


March 25, 2008 Posted by | Indian Art | Leave a comment