Folk Paintings of India
- By Shefali Ahuja
Mar 23, 2019
Folk paintings of India
Art of an area represents its culture. The folk paintings of India hve been passed down from generation to generation. Here are a few folk paintings of India that’ll steal your heart away.
- Madhubani or Mithila art : Characterised by geometric patterns depicting gods, goddesses, flora and fauna, it is one of the most famous folk paintings of India.
- Miniature painting is characterised by acute expressions and intricate designs. It depicts religious symbols and epics and was originated in the Mughal era.
- Phad Painting: It was originated in Rajasthan and depicts deities of Devnarayan and Pabuji. These paintings mostly represents the narratives of the heroic lives of deities.
- Warli Art: It is one of the oldest folkarts of India. It was originated in the western ghats by the Warli tribe. They depict daily chorus like fishing, dancing, cooking, etc.
- Gond Painting : they are bold, vibrant and colourful and are mostly dedicated to nature. It was originated in Madhya Pradesh by the Gondi tribe.
- Kalamkari Painting: Kalamkari means ‘drawing with pen’. It was originated in Srikalahasti and Machilipatnam. It depicts flora and fauna and instances from epics like Ramayana.
- Tanjore Painting: It is characterised by the golden foil on the painting, giving it a surreal look. It is dedicated to gods, and goddesses.
- Cheriyal Scroll: It was originated in Telangana and depicts epics and puranas. These are 40-45 feet scrolls with visuals of saints wandering around or narrating the epic.
- Kalighat Paintings: painted on cloth or pattas, these paintings represent gods and goddesses. But now these paintings are dedicated to social reforms.
- Patrachitra: Puri is also blessed with excellent artisans who make beautiful handicrafts. The palm leaves paintings are the main attraction of Puri. They are also called Talpatrachitras and they basically depict mythological tales. You can buy excellent handmade palm leaves paintings from Habere India at affordable prices.