Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend

Tanjore Paintings

Article of the Month - September 1999
Viewed 17915 times since 2nd Oct, 2008

Tanjore paintings which depict mainly the scenes from the ancient scriptures of Hindu religion are one of the most famous style of paintings from south India. These paintings are unique due to the harmony of colours, the design and the traditional techniques used with meticulous attention to details.

Tanjore derives its name from the capital of Chola empire, Thanjavoor. This place has one of the beautiful temple of Lord Shiva-Brigadeeswara temple. This art form was developed with the patronage of the Maratha rulers in the 18th century.This type of art which is famous for its ornamental relief work flourished with the patronage of the kings. The process of making a Tanjore painting requires dedicated skilled labour. There are many stages during the making of this painting. The canvas is usually a plank of teak wood over which a layer of cloth is pasted. A paste is applied on top to soften the board. The surface is smoothened by rubbing it with a smooth emery paper. The artist draws detailed sketch on the board. Semi precious stones of different colours are used to decorate the painting. In earlier days, diamonds, rubies and other precious stones were used. To create three dimensional embossed effect, layers of paste prepared from the glue and limestone are applied. After carrying out detailed relief work, wafer like sheets of 22 carat gold are pasted on top. Bright colours are used to fill up the remaining areas. The main figures in the picture is large and the other figures may not be relative.

New techniques have been developed by skilled artist to keep this form of art alive. Chalk powder and modern synthetic pasting material have replaced the traditional materials. Modern day artists use chemical paints instead of vegetable dyes for colours and shades. But still enormous care is exercised in adhering to tradition while depicting the pictures.

Article contributed by Vidya Sridharan

About the Author: A renowned Tanjore artist, Vidya Sridharan has conducted a few exhibitions in different places in India, the recent one was in Pune during Ganesh Chaturti festival. Her paintings adore a lot of homes, restaurants and hotels. She is making sincere attempts to spread this form of painting by conducting workshops and classes.

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
  • This was a very good article. Very informative.
    by Anonymus on 16th May 2006
  • Good Article. I learned this painting method thru a Guru. But the problem is the materials used are kept secret. I would like to know where I can get these materials. If somebody can help me, I will appreciate that very much.

    Thankyou
    kanaga
    by kanaga (kanagavisu@yahoo.com) on 22nd Dec 2002
  • Excellent work
    by K.Venkatesh (cafivenkatesh@yahoo.com) on 4th May 2001
Testimonials
I am overwhelmed with the amount of hard-to-find Hindu scriptural texts that I have been able to locate on the Exotic India website as well as other authentic cultural items from India. I am impressed with your fast and reliable shipping methods.
Lee Scott, USA
Your service is excellent.
Shambhu, USA
Exotic India has the best selection of Hindu/Buddhist statues at the best prices and best shipping that I know of.I have bought many statues from them.I am thankful for their online presence.
Michael, USA
Thanks for sharpening our skills with wisdom and sense of humor.The torchbearers of the ancient deity religion are spread around the world and the books of wisdom from India bridges the gap between east and west.
Kaushiki, USA
Thank you for this wonderful New Year sale!
Michael, USA
Many Thanks for all Your superb quality Artworks at unbeatable prices. We have been recommending EI to friends & family for over 5 yrs & will continue to do so fervently. Cheers
Dara, Canada
Thank you for your wonderful selection of books and art work. I am a regular customer and always appreciate the excellent items you offer and your great service.
Lars, USA
Colis bien reçu, emballage excellent et statue conforme aux attentes. Du bon travail, je reviendrai sur votre site !
Alain, France
GREAT SITE. SANSKRIT AND HINDI LINGUISTICS IS MY PASSION. AND I THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE.
Madhu, USA
I love your site and although today is my first order, I have been seeing your site for the past several years. Thank you for providing such great art and books to people around the World who can't make it to India as often as we would like.
Rupesh
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Share with friends
Related Items
Lord Vishnu: Preserver of the Cosmos (Framed)
Lord Vishnu: Preserver of the Cosmos (Framed)
Tanjore Painting
Traditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Artist: M.S. Anand, Mysore
31.5 inch X 22.5 inch X 1.0 inch
$595.00
Lord Vishnu: Preserver of the Cosmos (Framed)
Paintings of Tanjore and Mysore
Paintings of Tanjore and Mysore
$40.00
Paintings of Tanjore and Mysore
Navagraha Temples of Tanjore District of Tamil Nadu
Navagraha Temples of Tanjore District of Tamil Nadu
$15.00
Navagraha Temples of Tanjore District of Tamil Nadu
Fluting Krishna (Framed)
Fluting Krishna (Framed)
Tanjore Painting
Traditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Artist: M.S. Anand, Mysore
17.0 inch X 14.0 inch X 1.5 inch
$375.00
Fluting Krishna (Framed)
Goddess Lakshmi (Framed)
Goddess Lakshmi (Framed)
Tanjore Painting
Traditional Colors with 24 Karat Gold
Artist: M.S. Anand, Mysore
17.5 inch X 14.5 inch X 1.0 inch
$375.00
Goddess Lakshmi (Framed)
Splendours of Royal Mysore (The Untold Story of the Wodeyars)
Splendours of Royal Mysore (The Untold Story of the Wodeyars)
$85.00$63.75
Splendours of Royal Mysore (The Untold Story of the Wodeyars)
A Unique Celebration of the Cosmic Couple
A Unique Celebration of the Cosmic Couple
Oil on Canvas
Artist Giri Raj Sharma
2.8 feet x 3.8 feet
$390.00$292.50
A Unique Celebration of the Cosmic Couple
From the Tanjore Court to the Madras Music Academy: A social History of 
Music in South India
From the Tanjore Court to the Madras Music Academy: A social History of Music in South India
$35.00
From the Tanjore Court to the Madras Music Academy: A social History of 
Music in South India
Show More
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India