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  • Traditional Thanjavur Paintings: Buy It At Affordable Prices

    With a rich lineage dating back to 1600 AD, the stunning Thanjavur paintings originated during the reign of Vijayanagara Rayas of the Nayakas. Distinct for its gold coating on sober yet vibrant colors, this painting style from South India was the endemic of Thanjavur or Tanjore and later spread across the nation. This “Geographical indication”, an acknowledgement of the Government of India is painted on canvas framed by wood and mostly feature deities along with mythological characters, culture, dance form, female figurine etc. Poompuhar has its stores all over India and these paintings are among the most popular products that they offer.

    The richness of the paintings

    The distinct characteristics of these paintings are their rich, vivid yet flat colors and the iconic composition which is complemented by the glistening gold foils. The additional decorations are done by glass beads on gesso work and in some cases, overlays with the semi-precious or rarely precious stones. Poompuhar makes sure that the paintings are infused with the European, Maratha, Deccan, Vijaynagar, British and European touch.

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    What these paintings contain

    As mentioned above, the pictures are used mostly for devotional purposes as they feature Hindu deities, saints and religious personalities. The main figure remains the centerpiece in each picture flanked by various subjects, subsidiary figures and themes. The episodes from religious texts like Puranas are also depicted through these paintings.

    Deities like Ganesha, Lakshmi, Perumal, Krishna, Gajalakshmi, Saraswathy, Balaji, Adishankara are quite commonly found in these paintings. If religious figures are not your preference, then you can go for the paintings depicting the Hindu culture such as the female figure with fruit plate on hand and the lady in the posture of Bharatnatyam.

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    Decorate Thanjavur Paintings As Souvenirs

    In various religious ceremonies, the Thanjavur or Tanjore Paintings are used for worshipping and with their breathtakingly rich colors, they can be wonderful souvenirs to preserve the south Indian culture. Art enthusiasts would love to collect the special collector’s edition which is also offered by Poompuhar. Not only for worship corners, but also for wall hangings, these pictures will work great.

    According to various sizes, ranging from 8 x 10 inches to 48 x 72 inch, the price of these painting varies. You can choose pictures according to your preference or wall space. The price range starts from INR 3000 for the smallest size of 8 x 10 inch while the largest size of 48 x 72 inch comes at INR 360,000. With their rich gold work and adornment with semi precious and precious jewels, the weight is not much and the price is affordable too unlike other stores.

    The Thanjavur paintings have gone through a lot of ups and downs and Poompuhar has been incorporating with the rich Vijaynagar School of painting to preserve this century old art style. The Tirupati influenced paintings have terracotta paintings, brass repousse and painting on paper –They are the most popular style among the other influences.

    Poompuhar not only celebrates the ancient artwork of Thanjavur but also embraces the contemporary fusion in Thanjavur paintings, for example, the lady with plate of fruit painted by western naturalist painter Raja Ravi Varma.

  • Tanjore Paintings/Thanjavur Paintings

    India is home to several art forms and paintings. Each type can easily boasts of a large fan base and has their own rich legacy and story to share. Each painting genre has its own set of uniqueness, heritage and lay out. One art form that can easily be labelled as one of the oldest yet famous form of painting, especially in south India is the Tanjore Painting.

    Tanjore paintings can be traced to the town of Thanjavur in present day Tamil Nadu. Over time its popularity and adoption spilled across the adjoining and geographically contiguous Tamil state.

     Let us look at the rich legacy of one of India’s finest painting forms.

    Tanjore paintings can be traced back to early 17th century. This period was dominated by the Nayakas of Thanjavur under the patronage of the Vijayanagara Rayas. They encouraged art—chiefly, classical dance and music—as well as literature, both in Telugu and Tamil. Additionally, they also significantly promoted paintings of chiefly Hindu religious subjects in temples. However, it can safely be surmised that Thanjavur painting, as we know it now, originated in the Maratha court of Thanjavur (1676 - 1855). The Government of India has recognized this as a geographical indication in 2007-08.

    So what makes Tanjore Paintings so distinct and unique?

    Tanjore paintings are characterized by vivid, flat and rich colors. Furthermore, their simple iconic composition, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate but extensive gesso work add wonders to the main content of the painting. One can definitely overlook the inlay of glass beads and pieces or very rarely precious and semi-precious gems!

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    Tanjore paintings clearly reflect the influence of paintings style, particularly of Deccani, Vijayanagar, Maratha and even European or Company styles of painting.

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    This form of paintings is dominated by the depiction of Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints. Several instances of Jain, Sikh, Muslim, and even secular subjects have had the honor of being depicted in the heritage-rich Tanjore paintings.

    Words would not do justice to describe the beauty of Tanjore paintings in mere 26 alphabets. Yet, if a fair attempt was to me made, Tanjore paintings undoubtedly can be described as a perfect reflection of the rich and age old culture of southern India. It is an amalgamation of south India’s legacy, presented on canvas by the imagination and ingenuity of its greatest practitioners and patrons.

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  • Join us at Art Houz, Chennai for the Exhibition-cum-Sale

    Get your share of Bronze Icons, Tanjore Paintings, Handlooms Sarees and many more handmade items. Join us at Art Houz for the Exhibition-cum-Sale of Sculptures, Paintings and Handlooms, from 30th May to 7th June 2015 between 10 am to 7pm.

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  • 5 Products For An Ethnic Household

    Unlike a traditional home, an ethnic home is where culture and tradition comes together with the modern twist. A splash of tradition here and there arranged in a stylish way can give your home a very ethnic look. Some of the items that can act as the splash of tradition can be in the form of:

    Wooden Furnishings

    Nothing says classy and ethnic like wooden furnishings do. Not only do they give a natural yet gorgeous look, they are also strong and resilient. Wooden furniture is also easy to maintain, weather resistant and, unlike plastic, is not damaging to the environment. If you have the space, you can choose big bold furnishings but otherwise there are small pieces of furnishings such as tea tables and side tables to add the splash of ethnicity you are looking for.

    Wooden Furnishings

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    Uruli

    These are large circular pots usually made of brass traditionally used for cooking in southern parts of India for large groups of people, and now come in terracotta also. They are now used as decorative pieces where flowers and lamps are arranged. They help give a sweet smell to your home and light your home in a beautifully divine manner. Fill an Uruli with water and let some beautiful flowers and scented candles float in them to make your home aromatic and elegant.

    Tanjore Paintings

    Tanjore painting is a classic south Indian style of painting that originates from the town of Thanjavur. The paintings are made on wood or cloth canvases and are adorned with precious or semi-precious stones and 22 carat gold foils to add color and uniqueness to the painting. They usually depict Hindu gods and goddesses. This kind of painting is highly durable and lasts for generations. Adding these paintings to your walls can add a very beautiful yet classic touch to your home.

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    Stone Sculptures

    Stone sculptures are yet another way to add zing to your spaces. Their sheer simple intricacy adds an allure to where ever they are placed. These sculptures in large sizes can be placed in your garden surrounded by plants or in a fountain or water baths. Smaller sized sculptures of deities can be places in the pooja altar, or even as a center piece in an Uruli filled with water and lamps. Other stone sculptures can also be placed as decorative pieces around the home to make it ethnically stylish from inside out.

    Stone Sculptures

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    Brass Utensils

    Traditionally water was always stored in brass utensils and even food was served in brass utensils. This was because brass is made of an alloy of zinc and copper that had wonderful properties that are greatly beneficial to our health. Food and water was stored and served in them so that they will absorb some of the brass while we consume them. Brass utensils are not only long-lasting and classy, they are a simple way to take care of your health with an exercise as simple as storing water. Serve your guests water in a Brass Sombu or Brass tumblers and food in brass plates. Not only will they look unique but they also make your food healthier to consume.

    There you go! A couple of affordable classic items to add an ethnic touch to your home that you can get your hands on quite easily.

     Brass Utensils

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