Art is one of the prime things along with the culture and rich heritage of India that attract foreign scholars and tourists to India. When a foreigner comes to India all he/she wants is to take a prime look at the religious and artistic side of India. Thus, the foreigners make visits to different museums, art exhibitions, and galleries and love to go for a short heritage walk which we as Indians might find boring.
Every art piece and handicraft arouse a wonderful excitement within foreigners. Having said that, the beauty of Indian Paintings is not limited to geographical boundaries. Surpassing geographical boundaries, Indian Paintings are appreciated on different platforms all across the globe. If you love to explore Indian Art, then here are some of the few interesting facts that will win your heart:
- The first in the list is the most exciting one as it is about a British Museum that houses South Indian paintings dating back to the 17th century. The Museum has around 1,000 items giving you a chance to explore a wide variety of themes and techniques of South Indian Paintings. In the year 2007, when India completed its 60 years of Independence, the museum celebrated the beauty of Indian Paintings by exhibiting more than 1,000 works hailing from varied tradition, genres and themes.
- Warli Art is a form of Indian painting that is getting huge popularity these days. It is printed on the mugs, walls, paintings, lanterns and bedspreads and more. You will be surprised to know that this form of art painting dates back to 2,500 BC. It is incredible that this Indian painting style is still in trend even after centuries have passed.
- It is an interesting fact to note here is that Tanjore paintings came into existence during the Mughal Dynasty. Furthermore, it is a common belief that Tanjore or Thanjavur paintings depicted Hindu God as subjects. However, this is not true these paintings also exhibit Gods of different religions such as Sikhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity.
- India’s Madhubani Painting dates back to the Ramayana era. There is a very interesting tale that encapsulates the origin of Madhubani Paintings. It is said that Raja Janak wanted that on his daughter Sita’s wedding the entire kingdom must be decorated with unique art. At this point in time, Madhubani Painting came into existence out of some creative mind.
- India’s Madhubani painting is not only popular in India but also garnering popularity all across the globe. Japan, France, Germany and America are the places wherein these paintings are redefining the meaning of the art and craft.
- In Japan, there is a Museum named Mithila Museum that gives room to 900 paintings of Madhubani in its varied style.
These interesting facts comprise only the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to Indian art and culture there is an ample number of facts and stories coming from mythology and folklore. Thus, keep on reading to know more.