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  • Carving Sculptures out of Stone: Dravidian Statues

    The Pallava, or Dravidian style of architecture, both large-scale and small-scale, was at its peak during the Chola dynasty’s rule in the southern parts of India. The style actually originated during the Pallava empire, whose architects developed a style of construction which allowed for greater stability, and thus greater height...
  • Portraying Stories through Metal: The Tribal art of Dhokra

    The Dhokra art of metal-casting is in prolific use in the rich tribal belt of Odisha, though it originated in the heart of what is today West Bengal. The practitioners of this age-old craft are tribals, the exquisite skill passed down to them through countless generations. The art itself was...
  • Chronicling Daily Life through Art: The Warli Style of Maharashtra

    The Warli style of painting is very old, though we often don’t take in account its rich history when we adorn our walls, and by extension, our lives, with it. Unlike some art forms, the style actually comes from tribals, from the ‘Varli’ tribe. This tribe has settled, and till...
  • An Alley into the Past: Tambat Aali

    Set in the beating heart of Old Pune, this aali is the historical birthplace of the metalworking craft, Tambat. It has its roots in weaponry and utensils for daily use, and now, the skill is used to create a wide range of decorative and utility products suited to contemporary times. It...
  • The Love Stories of the Epics: Madhubani Painting of Bihar

    The Madhubani painting style, also called Mithila painting because of its origin in the historical region of Mithila, is widely practiced in the state of Bihar. Approximately 2500 years old, it is considered to have been used to chronicle Rama and Sita’s wedding, the artists having been commissioned by Raja...
  • Colouring Tales into History: Gond Painting of Madhya Pradesh

    The origin of the Gond tribe dates back to almost 1400 years; however, being a tribe that traces its origins directly from the early Mesolithic period. The Gond style shares many similarities between cave paintings from that era, especially their willingness to withdraw from boundaries and concentrate on letting imagination...
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