Tanjore Paintings Is A Classical South Indian Art Developed In The Late 16th Century In Thanjavur Also Known As Tanjore In Tamilnadu South Indian State. These Tanjore Paintings Evoke A Sense Of Class And Timelessness With Their Alluring Illustrations Of Puranic Scenes. This Ancient Art Form Traces Its Origin To Tanjavur, Capital Of The Erstwhile Chola Empire And Is Popular Among Contemporary Indian Women For Showcasing Their Artistic Inclination And Tastes.
The Tanjore paintings are popularly known as Paladai Padam, which means painting on a wooden plank.
The painting tradition developed when the Chola empire was at its zenith. It originated in Thanjavur, a small town about 300 kilometers from Chennai which gave it the name ‘Thanjavur paintings’, now popularly known as Tanjore paintings. The religious paintings of Thanjavur show that spirituality is the essence of all creative work. The art continued to flourish from the 16th to the 18th century under the patronage of successive rulers such as the Nayakas, Marathas, Rajus of Tanjore and Trichi, and Naidus of Madurai.
The themes of Tanjore painting are based on Hindu gods and goddesses. The most famous of the deities is Krishna, who is depicted in various styles and poses. Also prevalent are scenes from the puranas and other religious scriptures.The themes for Tanjore paintings are inspired from the classical dances, literature and other paintings of the region.
Yes,real gold foil work is used in the making.
Tanjore Paintings have a bright colour scheme, use of precious and semi-precious stone work, and real gold foil work which give a life to the paintings.