ArtPainting

Indian folk art is intricately intertwined with our history and culture. The confluence of various cultures and manifestations of different rulers have endowed us with various forms of native art forms. These techniques and styles have been passed down through generations and are still in practice even today. Since ancient times the village natives have been engaged in depicting mythical tales and even graphic day to day scenes through their illustrative murals and artwork. Some native art forms include Madhubani paintings from the Mithila region of the state of Bihar in India and adjoining parts of Nepal. These paintings are beautiful depictions of nature and deities and the common man in relation to these. Similarly the art forms of the Warli tribe of Western Ghats depicting their day to day life is one of the oldest in India. Most of these were finger painted using natural colours and dyes. Kalamkari art form originating from Andhra Pradesh depict scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and are either block painted or using a pen, as the name ‘Kalamkari’ literally translates to penwork. Every nook and corner of the country has such rich unexplored artforms that have not been brought to the limelight yet. Encouraging these would economically empower the artiste and showcase their fine arts and finesse to the world.