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Indian Floor Art: The Origins of the Rangoli

Amidst laughter and festivities, bright lights and vivid hues, a child sits next to their mother and takes in the mesmerising process of creating a Rangoli floor painting. The mother, an expert, deftly creates patterns of coloured powder by manipulating it between her forefinger and thumb. Seldom do men gather around a rangoli; the process is traditionally reserved for the wives and daughters of the Hindu household.

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The Kolam: An Aesthetic Yet Mathematical Art Form

Floor art and mathematics: what’s the connection? While many folk art forms make use of geometrical patterns and motifs, the kolam takes it a step further. Read on to discover the practical applications of this ancient decorative art form.

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The Contemporary Demand For Lippan Art

As society changes, so do its values and perceptions of art. Art is a reflection of the socio-political state of a region and the mentality of its people. During war, we seek peace, and during boredom, we seek excitement. Art trends change like the tides, and what is popular today may be infamous tomorrow. Some art, however, can be timeless; it ceases to be a fad and becomes a movement.

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Bengal Pattachitra and the Art of Patua Scroll Painting

The word ‘patta’ means cloth, and pattachitra means ‘pictures on cloth’. Pattachitra is practised in Orissa and West Bengal. However, there are marked differences between the two. The Pattachitra of Bengal has a distinct and easily recognisable style that has continued to captivate the hearts of art lovers. Let’s take a look at Bengal Pattachitra and the art of Patua Scroll painting.

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The Spiritual Significance of Kalamezhuthu Art

Similar to the Alponas of Bengal and the Aipans of Kumaon, a unique floor art form exists in Kerala. Most Indian floor art forms often form a part of the daily lives and rituals of various communities, and Kalamezhuthu is no different.

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The Intricacies of Molela Terracotta

India is a country rich in artistic legacy, with many different traditional art forms, each with its own expression and background. Among these, Molela Terracotta handicrafts have drawn both national and international attention due to their intricate designs and sacred meanings. In this blog, we delve into the fascinating world of Molela Terracotta, exploring its origins, symbolism, and the artists behind this time-honoured craft.

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