Why Tanjore Paintings

  • History
  • The Tanjore art flourished in Tanjavoor, pronounced Tanjore, the capital city of the Chola dynasty, and thus got its name. Tanjore Painting of India originated during the 16th century, under the reign of the Cholas. 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. The paintings are notable for their beautification in the form of semi-precious stones, pearls, glass pieces and gold. They add beauty and culture to a variety of surroundings and decor. The paintings are mostly of Gods and Goddesses because this art of painting prospered 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.

    Nowadays, everybody has become more conscious about the ambience and interiors of their home and workplace. These paintings are widely used in the Pooja rooms, Main door entrance, Living room, Stair case wall, Dining rooms, Bedrooms, Study rooms, Corridors, Hotels, Wedding Halls, Office premises, etc.

    Tanjore paintings are hung on walls to give it the fulfillment with its richness and vibrant colours. The shine and gleam on the gold leaves used by the Tanjore style paintings last forever. Since precious stones and gold sheets are used in Tanjore paintings, the glass version of the painting has also come into picture. In these glass-painting the normal oil paints are used to get the same feel of the original tanjore paintings.
  • Why Tanjore Painting?
  • Deities in ancient India were represented as a single dimensional handmade painting or a 3-dimensional idol/statue/vigrahā. Cosmic energy flow (Ākarshanā) is increased manifold by the installation (Prathishtā) of the 3-dimensional representation of the deity (idol/statue/vigrahā) and the installation (Prathishtā) of the single dimensional handmade painting of a deity is said to enhance the flow of cosmic energy (Ākarshanā) to a much lesser degree.

    Installation (Prathishtā) of an idol/statue/vigrahā meant that Āgama shāstrā needed to be followed and that the premises be maintained in a sacrosanct manner. This practically excluded Prathishtā of idol/statue/vigrahā in households. The Ākarshanā provided by the single dimensional handmade painting was felt to be much less than that of the Ākarshanā provided by an idol/statue/vigrahā.

    Tanjore paintings is the only art form that enabled a 2-dimensional representation of deity to which the rules of Āgama Shāstrā did not apply, at the same time ensuring significantly more Ākarshanā than the single dimensional handmade paintings. The deity in a temple is covered in gold Kavachā during special occasions. The rationale is that Ākarshanā is at its peak when the idol is covered in gold Kavachā. This can be effectively replicated in a Tanjore painting by covering the painting in gold leaves. Just one more reason why Tanjore paintings are worthy of the exalted status that has historically been accorded them.
  • Why Us?
  • We take care that the objective of the level of Ākarshanā from a Tanjore painting is met by ensuring that every single Tanjore painting is covered with 22 Karat gold leaves.

    Tanjore Paintings are desired choice for art lovers for many years. These paintings are the proud signatures of festive occasions in South India for the wall decorations and as gifts to art aficionados.

    Tanjore Painting is a peculiar and antique type of painting named after the PLACE THANJAVUR (called Tanjore in English) in Tamil Nadu, a Southern state of INDIA. The paintings are having a rich heritage and it is followed by many experienced artists for past two centuries. There are few fresh innovative methods but it is not disturbing the traditional reflections. The paintings are considered as sacred and dedicated.

    The Tanjore paintings fundamentally serving as devotional icons, the themes of most of the art are Hindu religion Gods and Goddesses, as well as saints. The episodes from Hindu tradition are drawn upon as elaborations of the main figure or figures placed in the central section of the painting.

    The Tanjore paintings are exclusive by its technique of painting process. The artist draws the preliminary sketch of desired theme on the cloth pasted over a wooden base. The chalk power or zinc oxide is mixed with water-soluble adhesive and applied on the base. Sometimes a mild abrasive is used to make the base smoother. The semi-precious Jaipur stones are used to decorate the jewellery and the apparels in the sketch. This makes the painting rich in appearance. Laces or threads are also used to decorate the jewellery sometimes – based on the type of the painting. Before adding dyes to add colors to the painting, high quality gold foils are pasted to ensure that the paintings last generations.

    Our Tanjore paintings come mounted on an elegant Teakwood frame or a more contemporary Synthetic frame.

    We also create one-dimensional handmade paintings of deities on sheet metal mounted on a Synthetic frame.