Tapestry of mythological narratives in Kalamkari by K. Lakshminarayan


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Size : Large
Dimensions : H: 60 inches | W: 48 inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Cloth

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This exquisite Kalamkari painting by K. Lakshminarayan is a masterful display of traditional Indian textile art, featuring a detailed and vibrant depiction of mythological creatures such as birds, dragons, kirtimukhas, and kinnars. The composition is organized into horizontal registers, creating a structured yet dynamic narrative flow. Each register is intricately adorned with an elaborate tapestry of flora and fauna, showcasing vibrant, earthy tones that enhance the natural beauty and mystical aura of the artwork.
The mythical creatures such as Kirtimukh (face of glory) with their wide-open mouth and Kinnars rendered with human bodies and bird-like wings add layers of cultural and symbolic depth to the painting. Dragons symbolize power and protection, kirtimukhas serve as guardians, and kinnars represent divine music and art, highlighting the cosmic and spiritual themes prevalent in Indian mythology. Overall, this artwork not only showcases the artist’s expertise but also serves as a cultural narrative, celebrating the rich tapestry of Indian mythology and the profound connection between nature and the divine.


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    Kalamkari


    Kalamkari is an Indian art form that involves painting or printing on fabric using natural dyes and intricate penwork. In fact, the name "Kalamkari" literally means ‘craftwork done with a pen’. It flourished during the Mughal period and later under the patronage of the Golconda and Coromandel (parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) Sultanates in South India. The most prominent centres of Kalamkari today are Srikalahasti (Chittoor District) and Machilipatnam (Krishna District) in Andhra Pradesh. The traditional themes depicted in this art form are the episodes of Hindu mythological epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. The depiction of deities like Ganesha, Rama, Krishna, and Arjuna and common occurrences. Additionally, the rounded face, long big eyes, and detailing of costume and jewelry are all important features of Kalamkari art. Tradition and Legend  One of the most fascinating aspects of Kalamkari is its deep-rooted connection to mythology and folklore. According to legend, this art form originated when Lord Krishna's divine consort, Radha, taught the art of Kalamkari to the women of the ancient village of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Since then, Kalamkari has been passed down through generations, with each artisan adding their unique touch to the tradition. In addition, there is one more popular legend that says, Kalamkari was used to paint the image of Hanuman on the flag of Arjuna's chariot for the Kurukshetra war. Technique and Method  Kalamkari involves a meticulous process that begins with preparing the canvas, usually cotton or silk fabric. Artisans then outline the design using a bamboo or palm stick dipped in fermented jaggery and water solution, known as "kalam," which acts as a natural mordant. Once the outlines are drawn, the fabric is treated with natural dyes extracted from plants, roots, and minerals, such as indigo, madder, and myrobalam to fill in the intricate patterns. The entire process is intricate and time-consuming, requiring immense skill and precision. Harinath N, Sudheerji, and Siva Reddy are some of the master artists practicing the art of Kalamkari.    



    Product Details

    Title
    Tapestry of mythological narratives in Kalamkari by K. Lakshminarayan
    Artist
    K. Lakshminarayan
    Art Style
    Kalamkari
    Medium
    Natural Colors
    Size
    Large
    Dimension
    60 in(H) X 48 in(W)
    Themes
    Saraswati, Hindu, Mythology
    Color
    Blue, Yellow, Multicoloured
    Country of Origin
    Andhra Pradesh , India

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