India is a diverse country and has a wide variety of art forms, reflecting our culture and tradition. Paintings like phad paintings, tanjore paintings, warli paintings and Handicrafts like dhokra art, blue pottery art, and wooden carvings etc, are one of the spectacular arts where you can see the talent of authentic Indian rural craftsmen and artists.
Our trip to Rajasthan was a memorable one!!!
We were visiting different shops meeting vendors and craftsmen having look at a variety of products and placing orders for them. As we do it in most our trips. But that day was a special one; we came across these beautiful Paintings hung on the walls. The colours painted were so vibrant and attractive. It was a long stretch painted like it was a story painted on the walls. After seeing such a stunning piece of art we decided to step in that very moment. By entering the store we saw an artist sitting at a side busy painting his canvas. We greeted him and went near to see what he was painting.
He was giving fine details to the painting and when asked what he was drawing he said it is a Phad painting. That’s how we met this talented artist named Sunil Somani. Mr. Somani is a trained Phad painting artist and is in this profession for 15 years. Continue Reading
Phad painting or Phad Art is a style religious scroll painting and folk painting, practised in Rajasthan state of India.This style of painting is traditionally done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad. The narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, mostly of Pabuji and Devnarayan are depicted on the phads. The Bhopas, the priest-singers traditionally carry the painted phads along with them and use these as the mobile temples of the folk deities. The phads of Pabuji are normally about 15 feet in length, while the phads of Devnarayan are normally about 30 feet long. Traditionally the phads are painted with vegetable colours.
The Joshi families of Bhilwara, Shahpura in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan are widely known as the traditional artists of this folk art-form for the last two centuries. Presently, Shree Lal Joshi, Nand Kishor Joshi, Prakash Joshi and Shanti Lal Joshi are the most noted artists of thephad painting, who are known for their innovations and creativity.
Noted examples of this art are Devnarayan Ki Phad and Pabuji Ki Phad.
We all celebrate festivals with great joy and enthusiasm. We also spend a lot of money behind decoration of pandals or houses, food, clothes and other things. But all our celebrations would remain incomplete or next to impossible without the contribution of artisans for making beautiful idols of Gods and Goddesses. For us, it might be just a few days of celebration but it is the major source of earnings for the artisans. It is only because of their art that we bring huge or small beautiful idols at our home or pandals to worship them. It takes days and nights, weeks and months for an artisan to complete the making of perfect idols.
One such art of Idol making can be seen in Bengal during the time of Navratri. Bengal Artisans Contribution for making Durga Idols can be seen at Bangali Akhara near Langartoli. Splash of colours will overwhelm the visitors of Bengal when they visit Bangali Akhara. It is the house of idol-makers during Durga Puja.Continue Reading
Arts and Crafts are a profound part of any culture. Arts & crafts describe a range of architectural style that sprang to life in about 1880, remaining popular until the 1920s and still informs design today. It also underlines the essentiality of ethical values that these various types of arts encapsulate within it. With the changing times, there is a rapid shift in taste and preferences of people which are making arts and crafts adapt according to the modern lifestyle!
Modern day home decor tastefully designed with various artistic objects
Navratri is derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘Nava’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night. It is a Hindu festival, with all nine days representing the nine manifestations of the powerful Goddess Durga. The story behind celebrating Navratri is Good winning over Evil. Goddess Durga also known as “Navadurga” is worshipped in her nine different forms; this is an important ritual of Navratri puja. This festival is celebrated for nine nights and ten days, where the tenth day is celebrated as ‘Dusshera’. Navratri is celebrated across India. But this festival is celebrated with enthusiasm and fever pitch in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Southern Parts of Karnataka. In West Bengal it is celebrated as Durga Puja. Navratri, the festival of nine nights will be celebrated this year from 1st October 2016. Continue Reading
Pottery is the first synthetic craft material ever created by humans. The term refers to objects made of clay that have been fashioned into a desire shape, dried and either fired or baked to fix their form. Due to its abundance and durability, pottery is one of the most common types of items found by archaeologists during excavations and it has the potential of providing valuable information about the human past. Over the times, the material used in making of pottery has augmented and it is giving rise to many amazing forms of pottery art.
We say that we are proud of our rich culture of arts and crafts. But do we really care about the facts of Indian Handicrafts ; do we value the scrupulous efforts and the contributions of our artists? The product that we buy is their hard work and dedication for keeping the authentic taste and the new trends and designs in mind. Well, after reading these interesting facts about Indian Handicrafts you will know exactly why Indian Handicrafts are renowned and valued worldwide.
The famous Silk saris also known as Kancheepuram Saree of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, has legends that state that the weavers of Kancheepuram are the descendent of the sage Markanda known as the Master Weaver of Gods. It is said that silk fabric was the most loved fabric of Lord Vishnu and this is the main reason that there are number of hand-looms around Lord Vishnu’s temple in Chennai and the weaving traditions are quite unique. Every Kancheepuram saree is made from one of the world’s best and superior quality silk. Hand woven from the pure mulberry silk, it takes one week time to complete one saree. After carefully extracting silk yarn it is dyed with vibrant and rich color and weaved with Zari. The silk used in making the saree is one that is not cut or broken. The Zari used is made using pure gold or silver. One Kancheepuram Silk Saree can fetch up to Rs 1, 00,000. Continue Reading
Indian culture is a motley of diverse traditions, norms, beliefs, religions, arts and aesthetics among many other beautiful things. Indian handicraft is one characteristic that comes first when someone talks about India. This years old traditional activity has become an identity of India globally. There are many skillful craftsmen in Indian heartland that are taking painstaking efforts to keep this prestigious labour work alive.
Indian handicraft is an art of making craft with hands with the skillful imagination. In ancient times, people lived in colonies known as tribal where they used to make utility products by hands as per the daily necessity, these are handicraft goods. Later, people started selling these products in local market called ‘HAAT’. With the changing times, people and their tastes expanded and today Indian Handicrafts industry is a sundry of a diversified product portfolio and there is large variety available in market including Metal ware, Wood ware, Hand printed textiles, Embroidered and crocheted goods, Shawls, Carpets, Bamboo products, Zari goods, Imitation jewellery, Paintings, Earthenware, Jute products, Marble Sculptures, Bronze Sculptures, Leather Products etc. You would be surprised to know how some artisans have spent their entire life worshipping their craft-work.
Following are such artisans from different parts of India who become renowned while working consistently towards their respective crafts-work. Continue Reading
Modern Indian Cinema is going through many exciting shifts as per the changing times and tastes of its broad audience base. The Indians films have always been rich in art crafts and style that lures the people from all over the world. Today’s time might witness the paradigm shift in storytelling but even after the years, the glorification of art culture in Indian cinema remained intact in modern times and rightly so.
Indian cinema industry is the most prolific one in the world. With a sacred heritage of cultures and religions, the art and crafts found in various parts of the country is rich. Since film is the representation of real life, these cultures are generally inculcated in various stories along with the use of aesthetic appeal of local arts in production design that offers an audience a satiating viewing experience of rich Indian culture. Mughal-e-Azam, Pakeezah, Parasmani, Umrao Jaan are some instances of memorable masterpieces on celluloid. There are also abundant interesting trivia and facts behind the making of these magnum opus.Continue Reading