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Tanjore Paintings of Tamilnadu


Tanjore Paintings of Tamilnadu

source: www.tanjorearts.com

Tanjore (or Thanjavur or Thanjavoor) paintings have a very rich heritage. This style of painting has been followed widely by the people in Southern Tamil Nadu for the past two centuries. The art flourished in Tanjavoor, pronounced Tanjore, the capital city of the Chola dynasty, and thus got its name. Maratha princes, Nayaks of Vijaynagar dynasty, Rajus communities of Tanjore and Trichi and Naidus of Madurai patronized the art of Tanjore painting from 16 to 18th centuries. Tanjore paintings are deeply rooted in tradition and still innovative within limits. This art is sacred and dedicated.

The paintings are notable for their adornment in the form of semi-precious stones, pearls, glass pieces and gold. The rich vibrant colors, dashes of gold, semi-precious stones and fine artistic work are characteristics of these paintings. They add beauty and culture to a variety of surroundings and dˇcor. The paintings are mostly of Gods and Goddesses because this art of painting flourished at a time when fine-looking and striking temples were being constructed by rulers of several dynasties. The figures in these paintings are large and the faces are round and divine. However, with the rebirth of this art in the twentieth century, artists in addition to recreating the original Tanjore figures are also experimenting with more proportioned figures, birds, flowers, animals, etc. The creation of this painting involves a lot of dedication and several stages of meticulous work of art. The first and foremost step being the preparation of a board (wooden plank) for the painting. The paintings are done on unbleached cloth (treated with chalk powder and glue) fixed to a wooden board. Next, an appropriate drawing is traced on the treated board. This step is followed by ornamental work where semi-precious stones and glass pieces are stuck to form garlands, jewels, etc. The traced outline is then painted with a combination of chalk powder and gum arabica to create a three dimensional effect. It is in the detail-oriented decoration of the Gods and Goddesses that the creativity of an artist is demonstrated. Gold foils are then used lavishly to add to the opulence of these paintings. Finally, dyes are used to add vibrant colors to the figures in the paintings. A beautiful frame is then selected to accentuate the beauty of the painting.



Artists of Tamilnadu with specialisation in Tanjore Picture painting

Source: www.indianfolklore.org/

T.S.Venkataraman
1969 Sakayinaickan Street, Thanjavur , Tamil Nadu 613 009
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting /Annual Production 4.00 Lakhs


T.Venkatesa Raja
646 Kondirajapalayam,East Main Street, Thanjavur , Tamil Nadu 613 009 Phone: 50109
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting /Annual Production 3.00 Lakhs
Award State Awardee


D.Sarah
97/2817 Nanayakarachetty Street, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613 009
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting /Annual Production 3.00 Lakhs
Award State Awardee


T.Selvaraj
M/s Madhavi Art Works
995 Arikara Street
Karanthai, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613 002
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting /Annual Production 2.00 Lakhs


B.T.Raja
IV th Street, 38 Balaji Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu Phone: 30449
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting /Annual Production 4.00 Lakhs
Award State Awardee


R.Eswarlal M/s. Subashini Arts
1680, Krishnankoil IInd Street, M.Chavady, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613 001 Phone: 35343
Specialisation Glass painting & Picture of Tanjore tradition /Annual Production 4.00 Lakhs
Award National Awardee


Supraja Dharani
M/s Kalakurti
9-C, Blue Beach Road, Neelankarai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting / Annual Production 1,500,000


D.Sounderrajan
53, Chidambaraswamy IInd Street, Mylapore. Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 004
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting /Annual Production 300,000


M.Muthukrishnan
37, Lalal Began Street, Triplicane. Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 005
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting /Annual Production 200,000


T.Mayilvahanan
2, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, 4th Street, Kottur. Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 028
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting / Annual Production 200,000


K.Venkateswara Rao
13, Hannumantharayan Koil Street, Otteri. Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 012
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting /Annual Production 300,000


K.V.Giri
M/s Sri Krishna Arts
36/2 Mettu Street, Thiruvanmiyur. Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting / Annual Production 200,000


L.Ramanujam
13, Rayarthoppu Srirangam, Trichy . Tamil Nadu
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting / Annual Production 600,000


A.Giriraj
27, Pandamangal Agraharam, Woriur. Trichy, Tamil Nadu 620 003
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting / Annual Production 600,000

J.V.Ganesan
51, Subramaniyasamy Koil Street, Muthaiaya mudaliyar street
Muthialpet. Pondicherry. Tamil Nadu 605 003 Phone: 0413237873
Specialisation Tanjore Picture Painting / Annual Production 300,000


For more details on Tanjore Paintings, see
http:// www.tanjorearts.com
http://www.thanjavurarts.com/
http://tanjoreart.tripod.com/
http://rain.prohosting.com/tanjore/
http://www.chennaionline.com/artscene/craftpalace/homecrafts/tanjorepainting.asp
http://members.rediff.com/artcenter/tanjore.htm


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