Tanjore Gold Leaf Painting

Tanjore Gold Leaf Painting

Featuring the pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses and stories from Ramayana and Krishna leela themes, the classic Tanjore paintings of Tamil Nadu present perfect harmony and rythm in composition and blending of colours. The speciality of Tanjore paintings, which originated in the courts of the Marhatta rulers of Thanjavur, lies in their ornamentation. Gold leaf, gilted metal pieces and semi-precious stones decorate and embellish the figures on the paintings.

The best of Tanjore gold leaf paintings are available in Chennai where traditional artists with an eye to authenticity and detailing reproduce superior Tanjores using the original vegetable pigments.

Source: http://www.craftscouncilindia.org/crafts/crafts-tn.html

Contributed by Vanitha and Team, CEE South

blog comments powered by Disqus
Mythology of Peepal Tree in Goa

In Goa, the Peepal tree occupies the great place of respect, and in some places it is worshipped as Peepaleshawar. In places like Asnora, Karaswada, Nanora of Bardez, the folk deity Rashtroli is worshipped in the form of Peepal tree. The holy, unseen spirit known as Khazaneshwar of Shivoli is associated with the Peepal tree. Once there were areas with Peepal trees locally popular as Peepalamol, Peepalkatta, Peepalaped…. The famous Datta Mandir of Sankhali has very old and giant Peepal trees which add to the divinity and serenity of this temple complex. There are folk songs which make reference to the Peepal tree. In many villages of Goa, usually Peepal tree has a platform around it where people used to sit. It was believed that if a boy died before his thread ceremony, he was said to haunt the peepal tree. Because of the traditions and beliefs, community never dare to cut it and thus the tree enjoy total protection.

Stitches in Chikankari

Double-Star Earring, Peacock Feather's Eye, Sidhual, Makra, Mandarzi, Bulbulchashm, Tajmahal, Phooljali, Phanda, Dhoom, Gol, murri, Janjeera, Keel, Kangan, Bakhia, Dhania Patti, lambi Murri, Kapkapi, Karan Phool, Bijli, Ghaspatti, Rozan, Meharki, Kaj, Chameli, Chane ki Patti, Balda, Jora, Pachni, Tapchim Kauri, Hathkati and Daraj of various types.