AJANTA AND ELLORA CAVES IN MAHARASHTRA The Ajanta Caves carved out of volcanic rock in the Maharashtra Plateau was not far off from the ancient trade routes & attracted traders & pilgrims through whom the Ajanta art style diffused as far as China & Japan. The Buddhist Monks employed artists who turned the stone walls into picture books of Buddha's life & teachings. These artists have portrayed the costumes, ornaments & styles of the court life of their times. The artists applied mud plaster in two coats - the first was rough to fill in the pores of the rocks & then a final coat of lime plaster over it. The painting was done in stages. They drew the outline in red ochre, then applied the colours & renewed the contours in brown, deep red or black.
JAMMU AND KASHMIR PAPIER MACHE WOOD CARVINGS TEXTILE WORKS The state of Jammu and Kashmir is famous the world over for its unique and splendid work of art and crafts. Travel through even the remotest parts of the state will give an insight into the world of art and craft in Jammu and Kashmir. The most prominent is the embroidery work on the shawls and the cloths of Kashmiri people are very mesmerizing to be not noticed. You will also see the work of magic in wood works, steel wares, Papier-mache
KANJEEVARAM SAREES OF TAMILNADU Silk Weaving and handicrafts are part and parcel of Indian tradition and in the Kanjivaram Silk Sari is a common fascination of the Indian woman. Even the foreigners prefer these sari and never forget to take a specimen of Kanjivaram Silk weaved in Tamil Nadu. The most important fact about the Silk Weaving in Tamil Nadu is the exquisite art weaving the gorgeous Kanjivaram Sari. These saris hold special appeal for their luminosity. The shades offered in these saris are almost rare and unique. Moreover the Silk Kanjivaram is one of the choicest menu is a lady’s cupboard. Silk has long been one of the favorite items of women and the exclusive Kanjivaram Sari that comes in Silk is adored by them who possess it, and cherished by them who wants to!
ORRISA PATACHITRA SAMBALPURI SARI KONARK SUN TEMPLE IKAT SARI JAGGANATH TEMPLE PALM LEAF WRITING
ART AND CRAFT OF RAJATHAN
FAMOUS CRAFTS Marble Sculptures Puppets Blue Pottery Camel Leather Shoes Dhuries – Carpets and Salwars
Rajasthan is among the richest states in the country as far as the field of arts and crafts is concerned. Stone,clay, leather, wood, ivory, lac, glass, brass, silver, gold and textiles are given the most brilliant forms. Some of the popular crafts are : JEWELLERY, EMBROIDERY ,TEXTLES,CARPETS,PAINTING ,POTTERY, FURNITURE, METALWARE, FOLK DANCES,RANJOLI.
GUJARAT All forms of arts and crafts in Gujarat reflect the aggressive individuality and religious impulses of an average Gujarati and his religious impulses. The various forms of arts and crafts in Gujarat include
Music and Stage Art
Exotic handicrafts of Kachchh
Ajrakh-a unique printing method
GOA A land of blended cultures, the unison finds expression in the art and crafts of Goa. While on a trip to Goa, its difficult to resist temptation to buy souvenirs. One can see temples and churches adorned with 'folk' paintings. These paintings usually depict scenes from Mahabharata or Ramayana or the new testaments. The museums and art galleries in Goa also carry numerous examples of the Goan art. And not just the churches and the art galleries, you can catch glimpses of how the Portuguese and Indian forms merge in humble house holds. Among the crafts of Goa, there is no end. Its difficult to pick what is best, the exquisitely carved rosewood and teak furniture, the terracotta work or the 'visible everywhere' sea shells work. Even in today's Techno driven world, these hand made souvenirs look so inviting on the counters of shops.
BIHAR MADHUBANI PAINTAINGS NALANDA UNIVERSITY SUJNI AND KHATWA EMBROIDRY WOOD INLAY LACQERWARE STONE CRAFTS SIKKI WORK BANGLE MAKING
Crafts of punjab
Punjab has a rich tradition of arts and crafts. The richness of the land is reflected in its handicraft. The skilled and dexterous artisans of the state produce a variety of handicrafts and even the rural women have a major contribution in the production of these fascinating art works of the land is reflected in its handicraft. Punjab is well known for its WEAVING,WOODWORK,PHULKARI,PAINTINGS WOODWORK,JUTTIS,FOLK TOYS,BASKETRY,etc.
Khullongishei - a folk song commonly sung by the Meities in villages when they go to work in the fields or go for fishing.
Lai Haraobaishei -sung on the ceremonial occasion at Lai-Haraoba.
ARCHERY Archery is one of the most ancient sport originated in India. In the day and age of the Rig-Veda, Ramayana and Mahabharata men of stature and circumstance were expected to be competent in archery. The equipment needed to play this sport are - Bow & Arrow.
NAGALAND Weaving Naga women are excellent weavers and the colorful shawls, bags and jackets woven by them are extremely popular. Basketry The forests in Nagaland are rich in Bamboo and cane. Naturally therefore, Nagas are expert basket makers. Pottery Nagas make their pots by the use of hands only. The craft is restricted to women and the turnover is not large. Woodcarving Making using of simple rudimentary tools and implements such as the local dao, hand drill and chisel, skilled craftsmen produce great works of art.
WEST BENGAL PERFORMING ART
Chhau Dance - The Chhau dance of Purulia district is a sophisticated dance system in Bengal. The Chhau dance is a mask dance.
Tusu and BhaduriyaSaila -The TusuParab is held in Birbhum on this occasion. Groups of young girls gather and sing songs which have been termed by the generic term Tusu.
Putul (Dolls) The dolls are usually made by pressing and moulding methods. The mould may be prepared in parts and on each mould - piece the required quantity of clay is firmly pressed to get the intended shape and look. Clay paste is used for joining together the moulded parts. Then the object is dried, burnt and painted by brush