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Radha Krishna Paintings

The love story of Radha Krishna is perhaps the greatest love stories in Hinduism. It’s a love legend that has stood the test of times. The entire Hindu population is fascinated by the love saga of Radha and Krishna. The idea of love has truly been exceptional in the world’s oldest religion. The relationship between Krishna and Radha has been extensively represented by different art forms. Whether its poetry, sculptures or painting or motifs, this relationship has served as a model for male and female love. A great many north Indian Hindu paintings have depicted this eternal love story.

Radha’s unwavering love for lord Krishna is much more than a mere love story. It depicts the human quest for union with the divine. These paintings are wonderful representation of Krishna’s loving interplay with the ‘gopis’. In a way, the interplay is symbolic of connection between God and humans. This bond has been considered equivalent to bond between husband and wife. This is also the highest form of devotion in Vaishnavism. Radha Krishna paintings are cherished by art connoisseurs all over the world. One can find these paintings in temples, art museums and at several other religious places.

Radha and Krishna had a childhood bond which later on converted into love during Krishna’s life in Vrindavan. The religious books and paintings portray different facets of intimacy like play, song, dance etc. Radha kept waiting for Krishna while he was busy managing the universe. Her love for the lord was so great that even today Radha’s name is uttered whenever Krishna is referred to. Without the deification of Radha, the Krishna worship is considered as incomplete.


March 30, 2010 Posted by | Ancient Indian Art, Indian Paintings | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alkyd Paint

Alkyd paint is one of the commonly used paint types. It is used in many different aspects of life. Paints, in general are of different types and each of them are used for different purposes. Basically, alkyd paint is a type of oil paint easily available in the market. It is perhaps the most popular oil paint type. One can use these paints for different types of painting works. Alkyd signifies synthetic resin that is used as a binder in the paint. Binder could be the oil in the paint.

Almost every household uses alkyd paint because of its known qualities of resisting wear and tear. See the doors and trims within your house and chances are they have been painted using alkyd paint. Cabinets in bathroom or specific items in kitchen mostly rely upon alkyd paints to protect them from abuses.

If you are planning to paint an object that will be kept outside then go for alkyd paint because they are also weather resistant. Whether it’s cold snow, rain or chilling temperature, alkyd paint is likely to hold up in adverse situations. So, you can comfortably use these paints in lawn furniture, bird houses, wooden benches or bird feeders. One major benefit of alkyd paint is its less toxic nature compared to other oil paints.

Alkyd paints are quite compatible with other oil based paintings. Most of the alkyd paints types dry slower and can take almost 24 hours to dry properly. In a way, it works in the benefit of artists. All in all, if you are painting your house, or exterior, or cabinets in the bathroom or a beautiful artwork, alkyd paint will perfectly suit your needs and requirements.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Indian Paintings | , , , , , | 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

Indian Painting Styles

Indian culture can be best understood through different styles of paintings. Paintings have expressions and emotions and they tend to retain their impact for a long time. Basically a painting involves several essentially small things and all of the inherent components are equally important. Forms, texture, lines, tones, space and colors combine together to create that magical effect. These elements need the support of brush to convey intrinsic emotions and expressions of the artists.


India being a diverse country has several fascinating painting styles which differ from region to region. One look at different paintings belonging to different eras and one can have an inkling about the experience and thought process of individuals. Indian paintings can be found on almost everywhere including, temples, walls of the caves, palaces, leaves, clothes, papers, and where not! These styles are inspired from cultural interactions and multiple traditions.


Other Indian painting traditions are best demonstrated in murals, miniatures, lepakshi, Chaurapanchasika, scroll paintings etc. With their distinct painting styles, Indian paintings have earned huge reputation in arts world across the continents. No wonder, Indian paintings are considered as treasure trove of India.


Various painting styles of India are;


Henna Body Painting

Indian Cave Paintings

Indian Folk Paintings

Batik Paintings

East Indian Paintings

Glass Paintings

Islamic Paintings

Nirmal Paintings

Pahari Painting


Jadupatua Painting


Tanjore Paintings

Tantra Paintings

Thangka Paintings

Madhubani Paintings

Miniature Paintings

Murals of India

Pithora Paintings


 Pichwai Painting

Ragamala Paintings

Scroll Paintings

Sikh Paintings

Warli Tribal Painting

September 4, 2008 Posted by | Indian Paintings | , , , | Leave a comment

Indian Painters

Talking of Indian painters, Raja Ravi Verma is known as the father of modern India painting. Remembered as one of the most famous Indian painters, He is credited to blend the original Indian painting art with western practices. Most of his famed works are the portrayals influenced from mythological texts of Mahabharata and Ramayana. There were many brilliant painters who can be actually termed as trendsetters. One of those trendsetter painters was Abindranath Tagore whose work was very influential. Apart from being an acclaimed painter, he was also a huge name in literature. Not only his aesthetic sense is revered in painting circle but to his credit, he helped in revitalizing Bengal school of painting. Bengal has always been an artistic hub. He reinforced this fact through his paintings and literary skills.

Other great painters in the same era were A.K.Haldar, Sarada Charan, and Jamini Roy to name a few. Women painters also made their mark. Amrita Shergill was one of the foremost woman painters. One of the first women painters, she left behind a rich legacy before dying pre-maturely.

Major painters and famous Indian artists in Post independence period were Jehangir Sabavala, S H Raza and Laxman Shrestha etc. This period witnessed coming out of a new style which was quite a revolution in itself. These distinguished painters are credited to redefine the way the art of painting was existing in the country. They helped making Abstract works a rage and their works were perfect example of skills and grace. In modern day artist painters, M F Hussein and Tyeb Mehta are internationally renowned.

April 14, 2008 Posted by | Indian Paintings | Leave a comment

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Like every other artistic field, Indian painting also had different school of thoughts which used to guide painting methodologies. In previous column, we talked about technique of gauzing pictorial effects and enhancing colorful backdrop. Another esteemed school of painters were trying a range of variations in modeling painting forms. The techniques used were pressure variation method combined with manipulating the tone of the paintings. It proved to be very  successful. Ultimately, it also resulted in modeling and remodeling painting forms.


 If we look at the pre-independence and post-independence era, the techniques used in the creation of paintings have improved by leaps and bounds. The post-independence era witnessed a defining change in Indian paintings. The standard forms changed and paper, oil paintings, water color paintings, acrylic etc had become the new standard forms. Not only forms, but the materials which were used to make paintings also changed. The old materials had given way to clay, metal chips, natural dyes etc. Post independence period saw emergence of a new style in Indian paintings. The Indian paintings had also started to adopt shades of individualistic pattern. Abstract works became the new painting mantra. And most of these abstract works have brought Indian modern painting the much deserved world wide recognition.

April 12, 2008 Posted by | Indian Paintings | Leave a comment

Indian Paintings

Like other forms of Indian art, Indian paintings also boast of splendid history. The roots of Indian paintings go back to the ancient era of civilization. As Indian history has kept on changing itself, so did the Indian paintings. In fact, re-inventing itself would be the right term, considering the obvious growth we witness in Indian paintings. Paintings provide a wonderful way for expressing unrestrained artistic imagination. Painting has different forms; foremost among them are wall paintings and miniature paintings.

The first signs of paintings were found and seen in stone-carved forms in pre-historic age. Indian painters used to take insight from the prevalent customs, environment and number of religions. Earlier paintings were primarily influenced from different spiritual sentiments and few even from various rituals of tantra and mantra. Indian painters had these inherent techniques which they used so successfully while creating marvelous paintings. Those techniques included gauzing pictorial effects accurately as well as enhancing colorful backdrop. Needless to say, Indian artists have been found to be well acquainted with different forms of this art. One of the best examples of Indian paintings can be found in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Just a visit in those caves and one can truly feel the rich legacy of Indian paintings.

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Indian Paintings | Leave a comment