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  • Craft Bazaar exhibition at Kalashetra Foundation, Chennai

    The Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, popularly known as “Poompuhar”, is a Government of Tamil Nadu Undertaking and is in charge of the handicrafts sector in the state of Tamil Nadu. The main objective of the Corporation is to provide marketing assistance to the craftsmen of the State in particular and for the craftsmen community in general. The Corporation achieves this objective by marketing the products of the craftsmen through its large network of 12 showrooms situated all over Tamil Nadu and also at New Delhi and Kolkata. Apart from the Sales showrooms, the Corporation  also has 7 of its own production units.

    In addition to rendering marketing assistance through its showrooms the Corporation also conducts a large number of exhibitions every year throughout the country in order to provide more marketing avenues for the poor artisans.

    As a part of our exhibition programme for the current year, we are organizing “Craft Bazaar” exhibition at Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai from 22.01.2016 to 31.01.2016 with financial assistance of the O/o Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, New Delhi.

    This exhibition was inaugurated by Thiru. P. Mohan, Hon’ble Minister for Rural Industries & Labour, Government of Tamil Nadu at 4.30 p.m. Friday on 22nd January 2016 in the presence of Thiru Harmander Singh, IAS., Principal Secretary to Government, Handlooms, Handicrafts, Textiles and Khadi Department, Chennai, Dr. Santhosh Babu, I.A.S., Chairman & Managing Director, The Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, Chennai and Thiru P. Mallikarjunaiah, Regional Director (Southern Region), O/o Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Chennai.

    Craft Bazaar exhibition at Kalashetra Foundation Chennai

    In the ongoing exhibition, we have displayed a wide and exotic collection of heritage items like Brass oil lamps, Bronze Icons, Wood Carvings, Thanjavur Art Plates, Thanjavur Painting, Stone carvings, Artificial Jewellery, Brass sheet metal products, Papier mache dolls, Incense and perfumery, Rajasthan Marble craft items, Madupani Paintings from Bihar, Wood Carvings from Andhra Pradesh, Palm leaf Paintings from Orissa, handcrafted textiles and many more gift items. Handicrafts from all over India are displayed under one roof.

    The exhibition is open from 22nd to 31st January (10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. daily , including Sundays) and a special discount of 10% is being offered. We accept all major credit / debit cards, without any service charges.

    We appeal to the citizens of Chennai to patronize this exhibition as they have been kind enough to do so on earlier occasions, so that the maximum number of craftsmen can benefit.

  • The Origins of Thanjavur painting

    The Thanjavur painting is very different from the conventional picture that comes to your mind when you think of paintings. It is unique and breathtakingly beautiful in its concept. The vibrant colours, dense composition, and surface richness distinguish them from other kind of paintings. Just as the name, these paintings predominantly belong to the town of Thanjavur or Tanjore as it is called.

    Thanjavur Painting Lady with Fruit Plate Shop For This Thanjavur Painting Lady with Fruit Plate - Click Here

    The Thanjavur painting originated in the Maratha courts of Thanjavur in the 16th to 17th century. The Chola rulers were great patrons of art. Raghunatha Nayaka set up the school of Thanjavur artists, where the Thanjavur paintings evolved. The paintings were patronised by the Maratha princes, Nayakas, Rajus communities of Tanjore and Trichy and Naidus of Madurai. The Thanjavur paintings at this time depicted the deities, rulers, and nobility of the community. They came in various sizes depending on the need of the patron. They were used to adorn the walls of the palaces. The paintings during that time were rooted in traditions and innovations were not encouraged. Very few paintings of the period exists today.

    Thanjavur Painting Bharathanathiyam Subject Shop For This Thanjavur Painting Bharathanathiyam Subject - Click Here

    When the Maratha rule ended, the trading Chettiar community continued the patronage of the Thanjavur artists. They were staunch Shaivates, therefore encouraged Shaivite themes in the paintings.

    Thanjavur Painting Mahabaratham Shop For This Thanjavur Painting Mahabaratham - Click Here

    The Thanjavur paintings have always involved dedicated labour. Usually the paintings depict god and goddesses. The figures in the paintings were quite large and rounded and, the faces cherubic and chubby.

    The twentieth century saw more experimentation in the Thanjavur paintings. The figures became more propionate and one could also see birds, animals and flowers in the painting which were not present in the earlier Thanjavur paintings. Much of these painting could be seen in the various temples being constructed at the time.

    Semi-precious stones, pearls, glass pieces, and wafer thin sheets of gold were used for adorning these paintings. This gave them a three dimensional effect and a unique touch. Earlier the paintings were done on wooden planks.  Much detailing and meticulous care gave the painting style its breath-taking character.

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