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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

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


Minimalism is one of the most appealing forms of painting media. It is basically an art form that solely focuses upon core expressions. Only the most fundamental features of the theme are covered in this form and it is sans any extravagance or unnecessary decoration. In general sense of the term, minimalism uses simple geometric design and the usage of colors is quite limited. The minimalistic form had its quota of criticisms and rejection in its eventful journey. It was given several unflattering terms like authoritarian, futile, elitist, mechanistic and pedantic etc. But the main strength of this form is its rejection of any kind of self-expression, narrative, social comment or any specific need of approval. Minimalism aims at creating objects of beauty and interest.

The origin land of Minimalism is USA. Black paintings of legendary Frank Stella bore first signs of minimalism and these works also inspired other artists to go for this new style. Initially, sculptors were the major followers of this form than the painters. An exhibition named, ‘Primary Structures’ held in New York in 1966 left an indelible mark in the history of art.

David Burlyuk is credited to be the first artist to make the term ‘minimalism’ a popular one. This term was used as early as 1929 but it came into prominence during 1960s movement. Initially, this movement was not given its due importance but things changed drastically afterwards. As a painting style, Minimalism is quite precise and hard edged. All in all, Minimalism is a wonderful form of painting.

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , , , , | Leave a comment