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Courtesans in Indian Art

Indian art is one of the major sources to understand their evolution over time. The sculptures, paintings and other artistic mediums capture the grace and socio-cultural aspects of their lives. Here’s a glimpse into their depiction in Indian art through different periods.

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Japanese woodblock printing

Exploring the timeless art of Japanese woodblock printing

Known as mokuhanga (木版画), Japanese woodblock printing is a traditional art form from Japan that is known for its expert craftsmanship and incredible beauty for centuries. This printing technique has not just made its mark in Japan but has influenced artists worldwide. In this blog, we will explore the fascinating world of Japanese woodblock printing!

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The saree: A Timeless Drapery 

In Indian culture, a few garments possess the unique ability to be evergreen. They stand the time of time, possessing elegance, grace and versatility. Such is the enduring charm of the saree. It has traversed centuries, embodying tradition and femininity in all ages. Although the styles and methods of draping the saree have been modified over the years, the essence of this attire remains the same. Its evolution is truly a tale that reflects the dynamic nature of Indian society, history, artistry and identity.

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Thanjavur Art Plate: Analysing Cultural Legacy

Tamil Nadu is renowned for having special benefits over multiple art forms. Having several dominions benefited in moulding and altering the city’s pre-existing culture. The Thanjavur Art Plate is an immaculate example of such.

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Understanding the Art of Indian Calligraphy

India’s cultural diversity and history are the gateway to many art forms. The variety of over 700 languages, 22 dialects spanning the boundaries of India, scripts and calligraphy have been a source of expression and a way to record history artistically. The art of Indian calligraphy evolved from the 3rd century due to gradual changes in the ruling dynasties and the influence of foreign invasions. 

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The Artistry and History Behind The Grandiose Mughal Carpets

This blog takes a look at some of the most interesting carpets of yesteryear: the Mughal carpets that once lay in royal courts, garden parties, from the imperial palaces to the Diwan-i-Khas, and privy to the conversations of some of the most elite and influential personalities of Indian history.

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Tracing the trajectory of Bandhani tie and dye

Tie dye art began during the sixth century in East Asia, in countries such as Japan and China. People would use natural pigments from flowers and fruits to get colour on clothing. In India too, the tie and dye style came to be known as Bandhani, which in Sanskrit translates to “to bind”. The result is a textural pattern obtained from binding the cloth in different manners to achieve a design. 

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Akbar’s Hamzanama: An Illustrated Masterpiece of the Mughal Era

Storytelling is an art as old as time itself. In the present, advertisers and marketers create brand stories and weave narratives. In the distant past, cave dwellers drew images on cave walls, leaving their mark on a canvas untouched since the beginning of creation. The recent past is no different. From the peasants to the kings, everyone loves a good story. So let’s take a look at how storytelling took place in Akbar’s court through the illustrated Hamzanama.

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Exploring the Evolution of the Guler School of Pahari Painting

Pahari painting, a form of Indian miniature painting, flourished in the foothills of the Himalayas between the 17th and 19th centuries. Among the various schools that emerged within this genre, the Guler School holds a prominent position. Known for its soft and delicate elegance, its lyrical depictions of nature and romance continue to captivate the hearts of art lovers. 

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