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Manjusha Art - A saga of love and sacrifice

Mandawi Verma Manjusha Art (Bihar)

Manjusha Art - A saga of love and sacrifice

An old tale of how a loving and devoted wife fights against all odds for her dead husband and brings him back to life has been told through generations in various forms - Savitri and Satyavan from Madra region, Bihula and Bala Lakhendra from Anga region etc. Although the essence of tale remains the same but the folk tales differ in narrative. The origin of name of the art has an interesting story. “Manjusha” means a boat. Upon request from Bihula, a boat with cover was made to carry the dead body of Bala Lakhendra. The cover  was painted with...

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Mystical Oriental Kalighat Paintings from the Heart of Bengal

Madhavi Verma Kalighat Painting( west Bengal)

Mystical Oriental Kalighat Paintings from the Heart of Bengal

If you ever visit the famous Kalighat temple of Kolkata you can still chance upon a couple of painters working upon intricate life forms on paper. Oblivious to the din around them the painters seem lost in a mystical world of their own. A look at their craft will remind you of the paintings on cloth which were the signature style of the Bengal of yore. The paintings of Kalighat have a chequered history and reflect a delightful blend of the traditional oriental art with Indian occidental influences. Kalighat Paintings: The Story of their Origin When the British invaded India...

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Tikuli Art - The phoenix of Indian Art forms

Madhavi Verma Tikuli (Bihar)

Tikuli Art - The phoenix of Indian Art forms

  The phoenix of all the Indian art forms is the Tikuli art. Once a household name for the most rich and intricate art form, until a few years ago, faced the threat of extinction; or so to speak. Tikuli or the traditional Indian ‘bindi’ was once the most ornate form of art adorning the space in between the eyebrows of women. Dating back 800years, the art bears its origin in Patna, district of Bihar. Tikulis were made by melting glass, blowing it to a thin sheet and tracing the design patterns in natural colours. These were further embellished with...

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Save Artist, Save Art

Mandawi Verma Save Artist Save Art

Save Artist, Save Art

  "In Madhya Pradesh there is a tribe called Gond. In their culture it is believed that God Ganesh got his head from a crab and not from elephant. This amusing tale is depicted in their paintings (Gond Painting) where a crab has a head with trunk and tusk"  "Dhokra craft uses lost wax technique of metal casting which has been practiced among Dhokra Damar tribe since over 4000 years. Lot of people now know it as bell metal craft. It so happened that British came across this craft, they found techniques similar to bells manufacturing in England. And since...

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