Theru in Chittara Art by Ishwar Naik

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Dimensions : H-36 W-24 inches
Medium : Acrylic Colors on Canvas

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Talented artist Ishwar Naik's Chittara Art unveils the vibrant tapestry of Deewaru tribal culture in South India. In this indigenous art form, Chittara, the canvas bursts with life as a large chariot-like vehicle becomes a sacred procession for the tribal Goddesses, Maramma and Holeyamma. The intricate patterns and motifs, reminiscent of the lush landscapes that surround Sagar, embody a deep reverence for nature. The matriarchal Deevaru community, the custodians of this art, beautifully depicts their devotion to the divine, with tribal men pulling the chariot and birds escorting the Goddesses. This mesmerizing artwork not only exemplifies a unique cultural phenomenon but also celebrates the rich traditions of South India.

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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

Theru in Chittara Art by Ishwar Naik
Ishwar Naik
Art Style
Chittara Art
Acrylic Colors
36 in(H) X 24 in(W)
White, Cream
Country of Origin
, India

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