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Ardhanarishvara (Shiva and Durga)
Paata Painting on Patti
Folk Art from the Temple Town of Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behera
12 inches X 18 inches
Item Code: PP91
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Brahma and Vishnu on an Errand of Discovering the Ends of the Jyotirlinga (Illustration to the Shiva Purana)
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Water Color Painting on Patti Paper
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behera
38.5 inches X 18.5 inches
Item Code: PM88
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The Ten Mahavidyas, From The Tender To The Ferocious (Set of Ten Paintings)
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behera
11.5 inch x 17.5 inch
Item Code: PV14
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Chain Of Horses Running
Kalamkari Painting on Cotton
43 inch x 13 inch
Item Code: PV09
$55.00
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Scene from Tribal Village
Warli Painting On Cotton Fabric
Folk Art of the Warli Tribe (Maharashtra)
Artist: S. Sutar
7.5 inch X 15.7 inch
Item Code: PU92
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Lord Ganesha
Paata Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
12 inch x 18 inch
Item Code: PO70
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The Fateful Gita Upadesha
Kalamkari Painting on Cotton
34 inch X 20 inch
Item Code: PU95
$70.00
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Lord Ganesha Dancing and Stretching a Snake Over His Head
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Pravakar Das
13 inch x 19 inch
Item Code: PQ96
$90.00
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Goddess Lakshmi
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
11.5 inch x 17.5 inch
Item Code: PR58
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Royal Lady with Her Pet Bird - Small Size
Kalamkari Painting on Cotton
10 inches x 13.5 inches
Item Code: PV40
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Kirtan at Radha-Krishna Temple
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
34 inch x 61 inch
Item Code: PR47
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Krishna with His Peacocks
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Bachi Devi
29 inch x 10 inch
Item Code: DN38
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Shri Krishna with Gopis and Dasha Avatara  of Lord Vishnu
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
18 inch x 14.5 inch
Item Code: PP23
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Gita Upadesha
Paata Painting on Tussar Silk Fabric
Folk Art from the Temple Town of Puri (Orissa)
Artist Rabi Behera
22 .5 inch X 42 inch
Item Code: PQ70
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Lord Ganesha
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vandana Devi
20 inch x 28 inch
Item Code: DH84
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Fishes
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Bachi Devi
21.5 inches X 7.0 inches
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Item Code: DM65
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Lord Venkateshvara with Ten Incarnations of Vishnu and Scenes of Shri Krishna Lila
Water Color Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
29 inch x 46.5 inch
Item Code: PP79
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Lord Venkateswara as Balaji at Tirupati
Paata Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
12 inch x 18 inch
Item Code: PO64
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Ganesha in Black and White
Paata Painting on Tussar Silk Fabric
Folk Art from the Temple Town of Puri (Orissa)
Artist Rabi Behera
16.0 inches x 21.0 inches
Item Code: PF87
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Life of Ganesha
Watercolor on Patti
Artist Rabi Behera
35.0 inches X 23.0 inches
Item Code: PM30
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Kaliya-Mardana by Lord Krishna
Paata Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
18.5 inch x 12 inch
Item Code: PN92
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Goddess Durga
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
Artist: Vibhuti Jha
21 inch x 29.5 inch
Item Code: DL97
$195.00
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Trees Burst with Flowers and Colours When Krishna Blows His Flute
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Folk Painting from the Village of Madhubani (Bihar)
29.5 inch x 21.5 inch
Item Code: DL61
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Goddess Kali
Paata Painting on Patti
Folk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)
Artist: Rabi Behra
12 inch x 18 inch
Item Code: PP34
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Indian Folk Painting
Folk painting is assuredly the oldest traditional art still being created in India. The earliest examples - images of animals and hunters found on rock shelters in the region of modern Bhopal in central India - date back more than seven thousand years. The Indian folk paintings presented here still carry the lively imprint of ancient and inventive minds.

Folk Paintings are living traditions, which can be classified into two categories: those that are executed on ritual occasions for the express purpose of "installing" a deity, and those that are essentially narrative in character, the themes of narration being primarily from the ancient Indian epics. These may be executed on a wall (bhitti-chitra), on a canvas (pata-chitra), and on the floor (bhumi-chitra).' Sometimes the twin functions of Indian folk painting, the magico-religious ritual and narration, overlap.

Indian Folk Paintings: The Art of Magic Diagrams

"Magic diagrams", or auspicious symbols, outlined on the floor, in rice paste and/or coloured powder are executed by women almost all over India, form the major iconography of India folk paintings. These designs are known as kolam in South India, mandana in Rajasthan, rangoli in Maharashtra, sathiya in Gujarat, alpona in Bengal, aripana in Bihar, apna in the western Himalayas, chowka purna and sona rakhna in Uttar Pradesh, osa in Orissa and aripona in other parts of northern India. These line drawings are potent receptacles of cosmic powers that are essentially benevolent and protective in nature.

Ornamentation in Indian Folk Painting:

Folk painters in India have employed traditional ornamentation in their work. They have done so not so much to beautify their paintings but to more fully express their devotion to their deities. While Indian folk artists have created works pleasing in color and design, in no instances have they intended to make paintings "for art's sake" or for aesthetic reasons alone, that is, primarily to be put on a wall or other support and admired as beautiful visual form.

An enormous stylistic range is evident among the traditions and types of Indian folk painting presented here, from bare essential contours to painstaking, miniature-like rendering of details to the precise, geometrized figural abstractions reminiscent of India's prehistoric painting.

It is the goal of this collection of Indian folk painting to capture something of the amazing spectra of the etarnal tradition of Indian folk art, and to provide a framework for understanding its motives and iconography. Folk Paintings have been selected here for their aesthetic appeal as well as for their representative value, and, wherever possible, to show the evolution of a tradition and even the contrasts within it.

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