Indian Paintings

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Tangore painting:

  • Themes are fundamentally mythological.
  • Tanjore paintings mainly consist of themes on Hindu gods and goddesses, with figures of Lord Krishna in various poses and depicting various stages of his life being the favourite.
  • These religious paintings demonstrate that spirituality is the essence of creative work. It is the amalgamation of both art and craft.
  • The characteristics of the Tanjore paintings are their brilliant colour schemes, decorative jewellery with stones and cut glasses and remarkable gold leaf work. 


Madhubani painting

  • It is  also referred to as Mithila Art (as it flourishes in the Mithila region of Bihar).
  • It  is characterized by line drawings filled in by bright colours and contrasts or patterns.
  • Traditionally done by the women of the region, though today men are also involved to meet the demand.
  • Popular because of their tribal motifs and use of bright earthy colours.
  • Paintings are done with mineral pigments prepared by the artists.
  • The work is done on freshly plastered or a mud wall.


Warli Folk Painting

  • Warli is the name of the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai.
  • There are no records of the exact origins of this art
  • Warli is the vivid expression of daily and social events of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra.
  • Paintings are used to embellish the walls of village houses
  • These paintings do not depict mythological characters or images of deities, but depict social life.
  • They are painted on an austere mud base using one color, white, with occasional dots in red and yellow.


Pattachitra painting

  • Pattachitra painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha.
  • Some of the popular themes represented through this art form are Thia Badhia - depiction of the temple of Jagannath; Krishna Lila - enactment of Jagannath as Lord Krishna displaying his powers as a child; Dasabatara Patti - the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu; Panchamukhi - depiction of Lord Ganesh as a five-headed deity.



  • Kalam (Kalamezhuthu) is unique form of this art found in Kerala.
  • It is essentially a ritualistic art practiced in temples and sacred groves of Kerala where the representation of deities like Kali and Lord Ayyappa, are made on the floor.
  • Kalamezhuthu is practiced using natural pigments and powders, usually in five colours. 
  • Ritual songs accompanied by a number of instruments (namely ilathalam, veekkan chenda, kuzhal, kombu and chenda) are sung in worship of the deity.
  • The drawing of a 'Kalam' is started at an appointed time and it is erased immediately after the rituals related to it are over.


Santhal Paintings

  • Santhal Paintings are a painting style from the state of Bihar , India.
  • The folk or tribe expresses their activities, the natural environment around them, their lives through these paintings.


Gond Paintings

  • Gond Paintings are paintings from Madhya Pradesh, parts of Orissa, Chattisgarh done by the people from the Gondi tribe.
  • They use bright colors and generally depict the nature through paintings of birds, animals, people etc.


Pichwai Paintings

  • Pichwai Paintings are an outcome of the religiosity and devotion of the painters from Nathdwara, Rajasthan. Nathdwara is famous for the famous Shrinathji temple.
  • Every Pichwai has different depictions of Lord Shrinathji in various moods.
  • These paintings are done on a dark rough cloth which is embroidered with threads and sequins.


Kalamkari paintings

  • Kalamkari meaning Kalam (Pen) and Kari (work) are paintings originating from Andhra Pradesh.
  • They are paintings done on cloth using a pen like tool created from Bamboo or date sticks.
  • The painting is done on cloth using natural dyes generally in the colors like Indian Red, Charcoal Black, Ochre, Indigo.
  • It is said the artists have passed this art to their descendants by teaching them and hence it is been continued till today.


Tanjore Paintings

  • Tanjore Paintings originating from Tanjore, Tamil Nadu are one of the richest paintings.
  • The artists use pure gold and precious stones to make it. The paintings evolve from the time of Chola Rulers .