Indonesia, just like India, is a land where several religions, faiths, cultures and traditions flourished in the past. Though it’s the largest Islamic country in the world, its art, architecture and paintings have been influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism and more recently, Islam. Therefore, the confluence of various world religions gave rise to unique forms of Indonesian Paintings; the influence of some local cultures offered more variety in styles.
Indonesian paintings, initially, were a result of Hindu–Buddhist influence, and later were impacted by India from the 1st century CE onward. Buddhism grew under the Sailendra dynasty of the Sri Vijaya Empire (8th – 13th century AD), and so did the Buddhist art. Between the 8th and 10th centuries AD, several relief sculptures or free-standing statues were brought into temples in Java and Bali cities of Indonesia. They are marked by their detailing and still expression.
The practice of Oil paintings is an ancient one which spread far and wide. The earliest discovery of Oil paintings was made in the Bamain Valley of the fifth century AD in present-day Afghanistan, where Chinese and Indian artists excelled in oil paintings in the nexus of caves in the region.
We have discussed Indian Art forms including its varied painting styles in depth in the previous blog posts, and will be doing more. India, over several centuries, had set the benchmark for producing exquisite artworks and magnificent artefacts that went on to earn global reputation with a great price tag.
The ‘country of Vedas’, as India is known, is said to have produced some of the finest artists the world has seen. They were heavily influenced by the confluence of various religions, faiths and mystical practices in India. Its rich cultural heritage and traditions with its diverse forms gave rise to outstanding works.
Art is a powerful medium. It drives man towards fully expressing his inner essence and appreciation of Nature. Man’s taste for arts is time immemorial, and perhaps, even eternal. Arts have had a direct impact on his life, religion, culture and religion from the epoch of the first civilization on Earth. Indian paintings, by large, is one of the most ancient art forms.
Most South Indians would have probably heard about goddess ‘Maariamman’, and if you are a Tamizhian (one who hails from the state of Tamilnadu in the southern most part of India), by chance, you may turn lot more serious in this topic discussion. There are lot many paintings of Goddess Amman you can see in this part of the world (and for all the good reasons!) Also known by the name “Mahamayi”, the supreme Hindu deity, Mariamman is all omnipotent and a symbol of absolute women power.
The Mithila Museum, a brainchild of Tokio Hasegawa, located in Tokamachi hills in Japan`s Niigata region, stands tall as a global art exhibition: it houses about 15,000 exquisite Madhubani paintings, and exhibits these paintings to tens of thousands of visitors, mostly arts aficionados and artists from India throughout the year. As discussed in a previous post on Madhubani paintings, this ancient Indian art form, which dates back to the 7th century A.D, is on the verge of extinction sans patronage of the Indian Government.
Have you recently shifted to your dream apartment or house? In today’s frenzied and hectic pace the mind finds welcome solace and immediate retreat at home. The secret of a comforting and reassuring environment lies in the decor of the house.
The art and culture of Indonesia has been largely influenced by the confluence and interaction of various world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and local indigenous customs and several foreign powers. Indonesia’s strategic location on the ancient maritime trading routes between the Far East and the Near East definitely stands an advantage. The result is a synthesis of a number of customers, represented in Indian art forms. Indonesian art is marked by rich heritage, culture and tradition of Hindu-Buddhist architecture and sculpture. India has been a strong influencer from the 1st century CE onwards. Unfortunately not many early Buddhist structure survive today but for the Batujaya plastered brick stupas, located in West Java, belonging to the 4th century.
“Komatha” (also “Gomatha”) featuring in Indian painting, particularly Tanjore type, has become mainstream. The importance of Komatha or the “sacred cow” in Hindu religion is that of highly sentimental and holds great precedence in several Indian households, where Hindus revere and worship it with utmost fervour.
Madhubani painting is still ceremonially practised by several women of the Ranti village of Bihar state. Local artist Karpuri Devi, sister-in-law of well known Madhubani artist Mahasundari Devi, Mahalaxmi and Dulari are women from three generations of the village of Ranti who have uphold the legacy of the art form by training the other women in the village the nuances and techniques of Mithila painting, regarding it as a way of life and a career.
Being an art lover and someone who muses and rabbles about it endlessly, I can’t keep my sight off of a unique form of paintings that flourished on the banks of river Cauvery (or Kaveri) at Tanjore (or Tanjavur) in Tamilnadu, down South India several centuries ago. Tanjore, about 350kms from the capital city of Chennai, is considered by the Tamil community, more popularly Tamizhians or Tamilians, as the cradle of Tamil civilization, tradition and culture. It is ancient and rich, living and vibrant, rooted and ever-flowing. Tanjore paintings came about as a result of the patronage of the local Tamil rulers of the region that were considered great builders and architects.
Much has been said and discussed about India being a super power in the field of classical arts. India is the home to some of the oldest and finest sculptures in the world that date right back to the Indus Valley Civilization during the 2 nd and 3 rd century BC. Numerous stone, bronze sculptures and terra cotta pottery from the Indus Valley Civilization are coup de maître. The Mauryan Empire Ashoka built some 85,000 stupas (hemispherical structure with Buddhist relics, teachings engraved and place of meditation used by Buddhists monks). The great Sanchi Stupa at Sanchi, Bihar, that is 44ft high with delicately carved gateways and the Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath, Madhya Pradesh, are towering examples of Indian Buddhist architecture.
India is a land of religion, rich culture and traditional arts influenced by ancient faiths including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity and medieval religions such as Islam and Sikhism. The heavy influence of these world religions is reflected in all its art forms such as music, dance, painting and sculpture, literature and poetry.
Though this article deals only with the impact of Hinduism on Indian Art, it must be remembered that almost all religion and faith shaped the way Indian artists brought out some their best works. Many famous Indian paintings have had Hinduism as its core theme around which the mythological characters artistically revolve.
The idea that paintings and art is a reflection of one’s culture and tradition isn’t new at all. They also reflect the time and the context behind the art form. The Madhubani district or Ranti village in India has very less to offer save how Madhubani Art, a thriving Indian art form, became mainstream about 2500 years ago. Wait, there is more to come! Madhubani paintings offered solutions to some pressing gender-based issues, let alone save an entire forest. Let us see two things here: the history and evolution of Madhubani paintings and what is so unique about this ancient art form.
Have you recently shifted to a new house? Are you looking to spice up your walls than settling with mundane interiors and eye-catchy posters? Don’t look any further than our assortment of Oil paintings to give a new lease of life to your living room. To start with, the space where you want the oil paintings to be hung has to be inspected. Most people hang their canvasses over the sofa, over the chimney or on the central dividers found in the lounge room.
The Hindu mythology never falls short of to venerate women power through mythical tales, fables, rituals and festivals. It has reversed feminism over several centuries by worshipping a number of Goddesses. ‘Kali’ is one of the most powerful Goddesses in Hindu religion worshipped as an incarnation of Devi Durga, the supreme deity of women power. ‘Kali Puja’ is the most popular festival in West Bengal to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Contemporary Indian artists portray themes such as ‘women power’, ‘feminism’ and ‘triumph of good over evil’ in the form of Goddess Durga attacking buffalo demon ‘Maheshasura’ with her tiger, with paintings either concrete or abstract.
Home is your haven, your refuge and your retreat, perhaps much more than that. Home is the place where everyone belongs to; it’s also where you relate your feelings with. Indian traditional culture and value system respects and celebrates the environment and nature around. Indian art is famous the world over for its inherent artistic value. Picking an Indian art this Diwali will not only lend your house a festive look but also can boost the morale of an artist to continue his passion further.
Generally, Indian Art is an assortment of colours, patterns, designs and textures, making it ready to go with any decor theme and scheme. Even geometric or floral textures in pastel palettes make a superb addition to your home.
The differences between Fine Art and Decorative Art can be wide, and one shouldn’t take both these art forms to be of the same nature.
Put in other words, Fine Art is all about being a visual object that carries no functional purpose rather than to be admired and viewed as an aesthetic object, whereas Decorative Art is not only aesthetically and visually pleasing, but also doubles utility as a furniture piece, tableware, soft furnishings, textiles that suit all kinds of home décor styles.
Indian art is all about its rich tradition and devotion – the core of all its artwork. This also suggests one to have a thorough knowledge of the nature of India’s ancient art history and its political nature. Most Indian rulers patronised and sponsored art that still has had a deep influence for several generations. If you’re an art lover, you may understand that most Indian arts of the past are, by nature, devotional and for a deeper appreciation, you need to study in detail the underlying meanings and messages concerning India’s rich historical past.
When looking to buy Indian art, there are a few variances of style that you should be aware of. A good way to start is to visit as many art galleries you can to learn the nature of the various artists and their style. In addition to this, you can also go through the authentic reviews of artefacts buyers and art critics, which will help you make a well-informed decision.
Mural Paintings can lend a remarkably dainty look to your outdoor or indoor wall. Usually done by an artist – muralist, Mural paintings can be custom-made to match client’s taste and needs. The word “mural” means to depict any artwork that is painted on a large permanent canvas or surface like window, ceiling or a building’s wall – indoor or outdoor.
While the first murals date back to the days of Aztecs and Mayans, there have been countless Mural styles and techniques adopted by artists across the world, and more importantly they are easily available and have become much more affordable nowadays.
For many individuals, the search for the perfect gift for their kith and kin is an endless quest. Between, is there anything called a ‘perfect’ gift? Have you checked out Indian Fusion Art Work online? It makes an amazing gift idea for any occasion. It’s hard to determine why the Fusion Art is underrated as a gift idea because they are many who aren’t even aware that these beautiful items do exist. Today several online gift portals, shopping portals and art galleries have made it possible to buy Fusion artefacts easily without any hassle. What you choose and where you order from is up to you.
How often do we gift tailor-make artefacts to a specific person? Fusion gifts can grace any occasion, be it birthdays, the birth of a baby, anniversaries, holidays and a new home. This said there are no established rules when it comes to giving Fusion Art objects as gifts. And what better way to show appreciation to someone you love or know.
India is a fabulous land of art and culture. Much has been said about India’s rich art forms that almost have a cult following across the world. Many art galleries naturally enjoy a wide patronage from art buffs and buyers. There are a few things you can do, as an art lover, if you want to buy Indian art from galleries online:
Invest some time before you invest money. Many galleries online have a huge stock of art objects on display. Request a catalogue so that you can look into all the products one by one on display; pricey artefacts, they are, can’t be purchased at first sight. There are always unique artefacts which you can purchase with some investment of time and money.
Tanjore Painting is a traditional South Indian style of painting. It originated in Thanjavur, in Tamil Nadu, and spread geographically over several centuries. The paintings are unlike any other paintings and are unique in every way. They have a rich heritage and the central figures are Hindu gods and goddesses. It is highly intricate art and its origins can be traced back to the Nayakas of Vijayanagar dynasty in 1600 AD.
Tanjore paintings are made using precious and semi-precious gems. They are vibrant, rich and overlaid with gold foils. Inlay of glass beads and pieces, and extensive gesso work are used to make these paintings.
We have all, at some point or another, at crossroads for gift ideas for our kith and kin. The more you think about getting the perfect one, all the more it becomes challenging. It can be daunting a task to find something that would suit one’s preference. But we think we’ve got a solution – a portait oil painting!
One of the most powerful gods of all time is Lord Hanuman and it is said that you will be powerful and strong if you pray to this Lord every day.
Maruti as the attendant and Maruti as the brave one are the two forms of Hanuman. Hanuman with his tail resting on the ground stands in front of Rama with his hands folded in obeisance is the servitor form. The stance of Maruti as the brave one is that of one ready for battle. His right hand is turned towards His head and His tail is upright. Maruti as the courageous one is worshipped to overcome problems owing to black magic, possession, etc.
Kubera is the Lord of wealth, richness and money. He is also known as Dhanpathi. He is the king of Yaksha (the guardians of earth).
While creating wealth is the responsibility of Goddess Lakshmi, Kubera’s responsibility is to distribute them and acts as the treasurer of gods. He is frequently referred to in epics although he is not an important deity. He is considered as the owner of all the treasures of the world.
All the three religions in India – Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism – claim Kubera as their god. In Buddhism he is known as Vaisravana. He is the guardian of the North and is believed to be in the Himalayas. This is because mountains are storehouse of wealth – they are the repositories of mineral wealth. Kubera watches over the mountains – the storehouses of gold, silver, pearls, jewels and more.
Tanjore paintings with images of powerful gods and goddesses are much in demand today to adorn homes and offices. They are popular gift items as well.
Among the various Tanjore Paintings, Lakshmi Tanjore paintings are the most popular.The one who gives blessings. She symbolises knowledge, love, and hard work, and sits on a lotus. She is also a symbol of happiness and prosperity and for the very reason Tanjore paintings with Varlaxmi as the central figure is quite popular.The Hindu goddess of wealth, beauty, and fertility, Lakshmi, has many iconic manifestations. Lakshmi has eight different forms just like her mother, Goddess Durga, who has nine appellations. Ashta-Lakshmi refers to this concept of Goddess Lakshmi in her eightfold form.
Pooja rooms are part and parcel of every Hindu home. While designing a pooja room there are many aspects to consider. To maintain the sanctity of the place extreme care should be taken.
Vaastu guidelines are followed while selecting the location of pooja rooms. The Brahmasthan or the central portion is the best location for large houses. The north-east direction is also good if it is not a large area. Avoid placing pooja rooms in the south-western corner or the south-eastern corner. The pooja rooms should be located on the ground floors. The pooja room should be separated from the other adjoining rooms using panels or doors.
This is one topic that people love to debate. For some modern art is no art at all while for others it is something unique with layers of meanings like a poetry.
On modern art many people have strong opinions. Some people argue that modern art is just a way to make money and there is no creativity involved. But there are also many people who appreciate modern art and say that it is a thought-provoking way of expressing ideas. At the same time modern art haters also have valid points to not like these paintings. When you look at a row of ordinary brick in an empty room or a blank canvas with just one black line running across you may feel there is nothing thought-provoking about them.
Kamadhenu is a Sanskrit word; Kama means desire, wish and dhenu is milk cow.
In Vedic scriptures Kamadhenu, also known as Surabhi (the fragrant one) and Matrika (the one who sets an example), is a heavenly bovine-goddess described as the mother of all cows as well as cattle. She provides her owner anything he requests and is an unbelievable "cow of plenty". Hindus belonging to all cultures and languages from all parts of the country believe in the worship of the cow. The Gomata or the cow is a sacred symbol.
Tanjore (or Thanjavoor or Thanjavur) painting is an ancient and unique art form of India with a very rich heritage. It originated in Tanjore, around 300 kms from Chennai. The first known paintings are around 40,000 years old. Thanjavur was the capital city of the Chola dynasty, and the art flourished here, and hence the name. The Chola rulers were not only great warriors but were also great patrons of arts and builders of magnificent temples. This highly specialised form of art flourished against this setting with its typically fine-looking decorative relief work.
The origin of Tanjore painting can be traced back to the 16th century during the Nayak and the Maratha rule. It is an immortal art because even after so many decades its popularity has not declined. In fact, it is even more popular today and is bought by people to decorate their modern homes and offices. Tanjore paintings were considered as the divine forms of expressions of adoration and love for God since they were meant for palaces and temples and were also supposed to express beauty and truth. Most of the olden day painters who kept this beautiful form of art alive were totally devoted artists from Tamil Nadu. They managed to bring about new innovations into it without taking way the basic essence from it or distorting it.
Millions of homes and even offices have paintings or idols of Ganesha. He is a popular god not only in India but all over the world. Millions of pictures, statues, necklaces, pendants, key chains, etc, are manufactured every year.
The popularity of Ganesha idols and paintings is because he is believed to have the power to remove all obstacles. He can lead you to success and even take away all your worries and roadblocks. Ganesha can bless you with wealth and prosperity.
In India, Ganesha the remover of obstacles have found a pride of place even in non-Hindu homes. This god has been accepted even by the Buddhists in Thailand!
Framed paintings of Child Krishna in vibrant colours and decorated with glitzy gold foils and embedded pieces of semi-precious stones or glass beads are found in almost every traditional as well as modern Tamil home.
Tanjore paintings are quite commonplace in any typical South India home. Although many modern versions of these traditional paintings are seen these days in art galleries, they are still rooted in tradition. Because when it comes to Tanjore paintings creativity is a tradition. You might find a few changes in the style but most of the traditions remain unchanged. This is because this unique art does not facilitate change or individual innovation unlike other Indian paintings.
It was in the 16th century during the supremacy of the Marathas that this school of painting originated in Thanjavur or Tanjore. It had a restricted production and existed from 17th to 19th Century. Today, a few dedicated artists mostly based in Tamil Nadu, India, keep this tradition alive.
Unlike other works of arts Tanjore paintings follow certain pattern. A typical Tanjore painting would consist of a deity, the main figure, with almond shaped eyes and a well-rounded body. There will be an enclosed space formed by means of curtains, an arch, etc to house this figure. A gem-set or glided technique is used in this painting. To highlight certain aspects of the painting like dresses, ornaments, etc sparkling stones and gold leaves are used.