“Maadu Kali,” a 15-day Tanjore art painting camp, organised by Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manava Sangrahalaya as part of its ‘Do and Learn’ series began at Wellington House here on Irwin Road recently.

A lot of art enthusiasts were seen keenly involved in learning this form of art. Lord Krishna, Balaji and other Gods were produced in exquisite Tanjore style of painting. About 15 participants are being trained by artist R. Shivakumar at the camp.

Tanjore painting is a major form of classical South Indian painting from the town of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The art form dates back to about 1600 AD. Tanjore paintings are known for their surface richness, vivid colours, compact composition and especially the glittering gold foils used to give the paintings their rich look. Essentially serving as devotional icons, the subjects of most paintings are Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Episodes from Hindu tradition are drawn upon as elaborations of the main figure or figures placed in the central section of the picture. Tanjore paintings are panel paintings done on solid wood planks, in local parlance.

One of the participants of the camp Uma, speaking to SOM, said, “Since childhood, I’ve been learning this art form from Shivakumar and I have thoroughly enjoyed.” Other participants at the camp include Radha Gowda, Roopa Rao, Jayashree, Geetha, Kanchana, Lakshmi, Suman, Dr. Shailaja, Manasa and Hemavathi.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore