India has many different art forms that have been preserved through the years. Indian Art is culturally diverse and unique, with many different art forms practiced in different areas. Some art forms have changed over time to accommodate new paint colors and materials, while others remain unchanged by modernization.
Each art form is exceptional in its own right and highly admirable. These art forms were traditionally found in wall paintings and murals. They are now also available in cloth, paper, and canvas. Here's a list of Indian Art forms that are still being practiced and some that are not.
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Mithila Art, more popularly known as MADHUBANI painting, is an art form from the time of Ramayana when King Janaka ordered to have the town decorated for his daughter Sita's wedding. It is an art form done in the "Mithila" region in Bihar & Nepal.
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Warli painting is a tribal art mostly done by Adivasis from North Sahyadri Range in India. The most important aspect of warli painting is that it depicts social life and does not depict mythological characters or images of deities like most of the other tribal paintings.
This art form uses very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle, and a square. The circle and triangle come from their observation of nature; the circle represents the sun and the moon, and the triangle is derived from mountains and pointed trees.
Pattachitra style of painting is one of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words PATTA - canvas and CHITRA - picture. Pattachitra is predominantly icon painting. The subject matter of PattaChitra is mostly mythological, religious stories and folklore. Some of the popular themes represented through this art form are BADIA (depiction of the temple of Jagannath), KRISHAN LILA (Lord Krishna displaying his powers as a child), DASHAVTAR (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu), RAMAYANA (Stories of Lord Ram), PUNCHMUKHI (depiction of Lord Ganesh / Hanuman as a five-headed deity) and so on.
Saura painting is a style of wall mural painting associated with the Saura tribals of the state of Odisha in India. These paintings, also called ikons (or ekons), are visually similar to Warli paintings and hold religious significance for the Sauras. In recent years they have seen a rise in popularity and have appeared as decorative icons on items such as t-shirts, mugs, and diaries.
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