5 Incredible Facts About Indian Art
Indian Art consists of a variety of art forms, including pottery ,sculpture, visual arts, textile arts and more. Geographically, it spans the entire Indian subcontinent, including what is now India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and eastern Afghanistan.
The origin of Indian art can be traced to pre-historic Hominid settlements in the 3rd millennium BC. On its way to modern times, Indian art has had cultural influences, as well as religious influences such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam.
Today Indian art due to its wealth of creativity, vibrancy, and diversity holds a place of pride in the world. Even though most of us are aware of our art heritage and pride, there are some special aspects of Indian art which only a few people know .
Today artist Shantala Palat will shares some of the four amazing facts of Indian art.
1. Paintings to tackle Deforestation
Madhubani, an art form from Bihar, which is famous for its beautiful illustrations of Hindu deities and dates back as early as the 16th century, has successfully achieved this feat. In 2012, dozens of artists painted vibrant masterpieces of Hindu deities on barks and trunks to restrain people from felling trees. The artists hoped that it would deter the god-fearing Indians from cutting the trees and their wishes came true. Not a single painted tree was chopped down! Today the highway number 52 of the Madhubani district is a well-known tourist destination.
2. The 100% organic Kalamkari
In the age of large-scale textiles, there are still artists who do Kalamkari paintings on fabrics. Kalamkari or qalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, today mainly produced in Iran and India. The word Kalamkari is derived from a Persian Persian where qalam means pen and kari means art or craftsmanship. In other words,, drawing with a pen. This ancient form of art is completely organic. From the brushes to the dyes to the cloth, everything is 100% natural.
3. The popular Warli art – actually dates back to 4500 years