Theru, the Chariot: Chittara Art by Ishwar Naik


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Size : Medium
Dimensions : H-23 W-15 inches
Medium : Acrylic Colors on Canvas

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Refined artist Ishwar Naik's Chittara Art beautifully showcases the rich traditions of the Deevaru community, a matriarchal and nature-worshipping group from South India. This autochthonous art practice paints a vivid cultural tableau of their beliefs. In the painting, a grand chariot-like vehicle, known as "Theru," takes center stage, used in temple festivals to carry the idols of tribal Goddesses Maramma and Holeyamma. The meticulous artistry reveals a procession, where tribal men laboriously pull the chariot with ropes, while colorful birds gracefully escort the Goddesses. The Chittara art's vibrant palette and intricate patterns reflect the cultural dynamism of the Deevaru community, offering a window into their unique socio-cultural identity. Naik's work is a piece that celebrates tradition and spirituality through the lens of indigenous art.


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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

    Title
    Theru, the Chariot: Chittara Art by Ishwar Naik
    Vendor
    Ishwar Naik
    Art Style
    Chittara Art
    Medium
    Acrylic Colors
    Size
    Medium
    Dimension
    23 in(H) X 15 in(W)
    Themes
    Folk Art
    Color
    Maroon, White
    Country of Origin
    , India
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