A Marriage Hall in Yellow: Chittara Art by Ishwar Naik

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Dimensions : H-22 W-22 inches
Medium : Acrylic Colors on Handmade Paper

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The skillful artist, Ishwar Naik's Chittara Art, "A Marriage Hall in Yellow," offers a vibrant glimpse into the rich tapestry of the Deevaru community's traditions. This autochthonous art practice captures the essence of a matriarchal and agrarian society residing around Sagar. The painting, adorned in a warm yellow palette, vividly depicts a wedding hall, complete with intricate details of the mantap, the couple, and their guests. At the heart of the composition, the sacred altar becomes the focal point, where the bride and groom receive blessings from their community. Chittara, predominantly embraced by the community's women, reflects a microcosm of socio-cultural dynamics, celebrating nature worship and ancient traditions through its distinctive motifs and colors.

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Traditionally, Chittara paintings are crafted by skilled women, but Ishwar Naik stands as one of the few men who embraced this art form under the guidance of his mother. His journey was one of dedication, spanning five years of relentless research into the intricate interplay of colors and lines. His masterpiece, 'Aradhana chitra,' which earned him the national award, encapsulates his profound learnings—a tribute to respect, both for fellow humans and the natural world that surrounds us. Ishwar's motivation to reinvigorate Chittara Art lies in his desire to preserve a cultural treasure that transcends generations, a vibrant canvas that continues to narrate the story of life itself.


Chittara Art

Chittara is a unique art form practiced by the Deevaru community, a close-knit group living in the serene surroundings of Sagar, Karnataka. They have a rich heritage of matriarchal and agrarian living. This art primarily involves women and reflects their cultural and social dynamics. Nestled in the lush Western Ghats of North Canara, Chittara paintings are intricate designs that symbolize significant ceremonies and life's rituals, often portrayed through simple geometric shapes. For the Deevaru women, creating Chittara paintings is a source of joy, beauty, and creativity, and they take great pride in their traditions, which strengthen their social bonds and cultural practices. These artworks hold a lasting value and provide a delightful escape from the fast pace of urban life.

Product Details

A Marriage Hall in Yellow: Chittara Art by Ishwar Naik
Ishwar Naik
Art Style
Chittara Art
Acrylic Colors
22 mm(H) X 22 in(W)
Yellow, White
Country of Origin
Karnataka, India

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