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Sai Kiran Dhanalakota - Sai Kiran Dhanalakota blue-tick
Size : Medium
Dimensions : D- 12 inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Canvas

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Maestro Sai Kiran sways his viewers to the captivating world of Cheriyal scroll painting through his masterpiece, “The Elephant.” This ancient Indian art form, hailing from the quaint town of Cheriyal in Telangana, comes alive with a riot of colors and rustic charm in this portrayal of a regal queen in her magnificent chariot drawn by resplendent horses. Every hue in this artwork tells a story - from the rich, earthy reds that symbolize passion and valor, to the lush greens that evoke the bountiful landscapes of India. The intricate patterns and motifs, deeply rooted in folklore and mythology, weave tales of bravery and grandeur. This painting is a testament to the enduring allure of Cheriyal art, where history, culture, and artistry unite to create a visual symphony that resonates with tradition and innovation. Kiran's brushwork breathes new life into this age-old art form, making it a stunning addition to any collection, as it transports you to a bygone era of royal opulence and timeless elegance. Cheriyal scroll painting, kept alive through artists like Kiran, continues to paint a vibrant narrative of India's rich heritage.

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Sai Kiran Dhanalakota blue-tick

 Sai Kiran, a 27-year-old artist, is credited with carrying on the history of the Dhanalakota family, the last practising family for Cheriyal Scroll painting. A 160-year-old Cheriyal scroll painted by his great-great grandpa is also on display in a museum in Paris, providing insight into his family's past. With the market for Cheriyal scrolls decreasing, his parents advised him to study rather than pursue painting, but Sai Kiran obtained a degree in fine arts to acquire new art techniques to modernise and make his work relevant in today's times. He wishes the Cheriyal scroll painters knew more about the stories they are painting, because the storytellers for these paintings are autonomous and add their own colour to the stories, but he makes an attempt to study these stories, and his personal favourite is Gaurapuranama's, about Toddy Tappers (Wine tappers). 'We replace our phones every year, our phone covers every two months, change is such a constant, therefore our work needs to stay up with it and adapt,' Sai Kiran says.

Art Form

Cheriyal scroll

These scrolls are painted in narrative format similar to a film roll or even comic strips, and depict stories from the Indian mythology as well as the shorter stories related to the Puranas and Epics.

Cheriyal Scroll Painting is a popular and modified version of Nakashi art, considered highly rich in the local motifs. This art form is unique to the state of Telangana and made mostly in Hyderabad currently. This traditional art form is considered an inseparable part of the profession comprising the story-telling and balladeer community called Kaki Padagollu. They have displayed these scrolls which are also accompanied by music and dance.

Product Details

Sai Kiran
Art Style
Cheriyal Scroll
Natural Colors
12 in(H) X 12 in(W)
Begum, Royal, Cows, Tree
Red, Blue, Green, White, Yellow
Country of Origin
Telangana, India
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