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Women in Indian-Art World

With a set of experiences that is wealthy in culture and legacy, India is a secret stash of works of art that have been passed down starting with one age then onto the next. One such work of art is Indian society compositions that have endured for the long haul; indeed, even millennia. Regardless of sharing the normal subjects of folklore and nature, every one of these works of art is special in its magnificence and style. Made with regular colours and shadings, these basic fine arts can ship you back on schedule and leave you in wonderment and adoration of their provincial appeal.

While a portion of these pearls remains totally immaculate by the fancies of modernisation, some have advanced to turn out to be more standard.Women- that have always been a great asset in Indian society, have made their contribution in making sure that these artforms go well along, and survive for more years. Here is a glance at such antiquated artistic expressions that have been enchanting us forever ago.

1. Madhubani Painting

Madhubani painting, otherwise called Mithila painting, is a fine art famous in the territory of Mithila region in Nepal and Bihar in India. While we can't make certain of the specific starting points of the work of art, it tends to be followed back to the Ramayana during the seventh century! The work of art is said to have started when King Janaka of Nepal appointed nearby craftsmen to paint wall paintings in his castle for the wedding of his daughter Sita to Lord Rama. Initially, these artworks were done on the dividers of the kohbar Ghar or the matrimonial office of love birds, covered with mud and cow excrement. Those artworks portrayed representative pictures of the lotus plant, the bamboo woods, fishes, birds and snakes in association to address richness. Like most antiquated works of art, Madhubani craftsmanship also takes motivation from nature and Hindu strict themes, and the subjects by and large spins around Hindu divinities like Krishna, Rama, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Natural objects like the sun, the moon and strict plants like Tulsi are also common.

Sita Devi, Jitwarpur, Madhubani

This is one kept alive exclusively by women of the region, where this art is passed on from Mother to her daughter. Over a period of time men folks have also entered this art world, however till date it is a women dominated art field. Sita Devi was among one of the most legendary Madhubani artists who bagged Padma Shri in the year 1981. Belonging from a native village of Jitwarpur in Bihar, she was among the first ones to transfer this traditional art form from mud-walls to canvas. Other prominent women artisans in this field include Mahasundari Devi, Malvika Raj, Godavari Dutta, Dulari Devi, Pusha Kumari, Ganga Devi, Usha Mishra and many more.

2. Pattachitra Painting

More than 1,000 years of age, Pattachitra is one of the most established and most well-known works of art of Odisha. The name comes from the Sanskrit words "patta" (which means material) and "Chitra" (which means picture). Known for its rich tones, alluring themes, plans, and portrayal of fanciful figures or scenes, Pattachitra is described by the accompanying topics: Thia Badhia – portrayal of the Jagannath sanctuary; Krishna Lila – establishment of Jagannath as Lord Krishna showed his forces as a kid; Dasabatara Patti – the ten manifestations of Lord Vishnu and Panchamukhi – portrayal of Lord Ganesh as a five-headed god. Setting up the patta is the initial step to the Pattachitra workmanship. An undertaking that takes around five days, the patta is ready by making tamarind glue, otherwise called niryas kalpa.

Sukanti Swain, Reghurajpur, Odisha

This art form is also known to have survived over the years with the efforts of Indian women.Women of the house are instrumental in preparing the whole foundation of this art i.e. canvas preparation, natural colour making, papermeshe requirements and even the painting. Sukanti Swain, an artist from the famous heritage village Raghurjapur, became the first female artist from the village to win a National Award. She also does ‘pattachitra’, art on coconut among others.

3. Mysore Painting

Mysore painting is a significant South Indian artistic expression that comes from the Vijayanagara School of painting. While the starting points of the fine art can be traced back to the Ajanta times (second century BC to the seventh century AD), it really thrived and advanced under the support of the Vijayanagar realm. The artistic expression spread to places like Mysore, Tanjore and Surpur after the painters relocated to these spaces post the fall of the Vijayanagar domain in the Battle of Talikota. Portrayed by the utilization of splendid shadings and gesso work, Mysore canvases are known to motivate sensations of dedication and lowliness in the watcher.

The subjects of these artworks principally rotate around Hindu divine beings and goddesses and scenes from Hindu folklore.

Sudha Venktesh, Mysore

It is one of the most precious women-oriented artforms of India. Most of the current generation of Mysore artisans are women folks. Artist Sudha Venkatesh was known for her Mysore style of painting and was also a Ganjifa artist. She has also won several national awards.

4. Tanjore Painting

Established in the Vijayanagara School of painting, Tanjore painting (otherwise called Thanjavur painting) began in the Maratha court of Thanjavur (1676 – 1855). Described by rich tones, sparkling gold foils, broad gesso work and the utilization of glass globules or valuable and semi-valuable stones, Tanjore paintings are a mixture of Deccani, Vijayanagar, Maratha and surprisingly European or Company styles of painting.

Jaya Thyagrajan, Coimbatore

Like most fine arts of antiquated time, the subjects of most canvases are Hindu divine beings, goddesses, and holy people. Scenes from Puranas and other strict texts were portrayed or followed and painted with the fundamental figure or figures put in the focal segment of the image for the most part inside a compositionally depicted space, for example, a mantapa or prabhavali encompassed by a few auxiliary figures. Jaya Thyagarajan (born at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India in 1956) is a traditional Indian artist noted for her Tanjore paintings. Jaya was born in Madras State where these paintings originated.

5. Rajput Painting

Rajput painting, likewise famous as Rajasthani painting, is a way of painting that prospered in the illustrious courts of Rajputana along with the royal women associated with the same. While the most favoured vehicle of Rajput painting was miniatures in compositions or single sheets, various canvases enhanced the dividers of royal residences, fortresses, Havelis, particularly the Havelis worked by Shekhawat Rajputs. However every Rajput realm presented its particular style, certain provisions stayed consistent all through such topics that were acquired vigorously from stories like the Ramayana.

Kaushalya Devi, Madana

In the late sixteenth century, Rajput workmanship schools started to foster unmistakable styles by joining native just as unfamiliar impacts like Persian, Mughal, Chinese and European. One more component Rajput works of art are known for is their utilization of shadings extricated from minerals, plants, conch shells, valuable stones and surprisingly gold and silver. Curiously, these shadings in some cases required a long time to plan. These Miniature paintings' major emphasis is on depiction of women. Bani thani school of this painting is an exclusive depiction of women in the community.

Nathdwara school of art has prominent women artist Illaychi devi & Kamla devi. Sahiba Begaum is a major women artist from Ajmer school of art. Kaushalya Devi is famous is famous Mandala artist from Rajasthan.

6. Kalamkari Painting

The pen artistic expression, Kalamkari has its foundations in narration by performers and painters, called chitrakattis. These specialists moved from one town to another to recount incredible stories from Hindu folklore and delineated their records on a huge material with colours removed from plants. However customarily, Kalamkari is known to portray scenes from legends like the Ramayana or the Mahabharata, ongoing applications have been utilized to portray scenes from the life and seasons of Lord Buddha. Kalamkari has been polished by numerous women in Andhra Pradesh over the ages and is their essential type of revenue.

Anitha Reddy, Dwarka Founder

In Kalamkari, the major background work and final finishing is done by womens only. And the majority of the artisans are also community women.

An art activist, Kamaladevi Chattopadyaya, who later on became the first Chairperson of the All India Handicrafts Board, single handedly revived this art with he unflinching support. Anita Reddy , founded Dwaraka (Development of Weavers and Rural Artisans in Kalamkari) in 1999, is one of a not-for-profit organisations that aims to revive Kalamkari and empower the artisans behind the craft.

7. Warli Painting

An artistic expression rehearsed by Warli clans from the mountains and seaside areas in and around the lines of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Warli canvases began around 3000 BC. Customary Warli artworks are notable for the utilization of white paint on ochre mud dividers. A fascinating element of the Warli painting is that there aren't any straight lines utilized in these artworks. They are normally slanted lines, dabs, circles and triangles. Basically formal, Warli canvases were typically made by married ladies to praise a wedding. These works of art were additionally used to enliven the hovels of Warli clans, normally produced using a combination of cow waste and red mud. One of the significant parts of most Warli works of art is the "Tarpa dance" – the tarpa is a trumpet-like instrument, which is played in turns by various men. While the music plays, people join their hands and move around and around the tarpa players. This circle of the artists is additionally representative of the circle of life.


In warli painting women are represented equally and some places with more prominence in the artwork representation. Not just in depiction of women, but as artists also women have made giant leap in this world. The Warli Tribesmen and women are traditional storytellers; they follow the oral practice of passing down traditions, knowledge and culture.

The Women Artisan Skill Enhancement Project (WASEP) works with tribal communities in Mumbai and Thane districts of Maharashtra with the aim to generate livelihoods for women in the area by reviving a traditional form of art – Warli. This is an area based focussed intervention which intends to enhance the capacities of women artisans and link them with the market with the objective to enhance their household income.

8. Gond Painting

Another ancestral wonder, Gond painting is a work of art rehearsed by the Gonds, one of the biggest clans focused in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. "Gond" comes from the Dravidian articulation kind, which signifies "the green mountain." Historical records follow the beginning of the clan back to 1400 years prior and proof shows that Gonds had a practice of improving the dividers of their homes with dynamic portrayals of neighbourhood greenery, fauna and divine beings like Marahi Devi and Phulvari Devi (Goddess Kali). Generally made on happy events, for example, Karwa Chauth, Diwali, Ashtami and Nag Panchmi, Gond compositions catch the pith of festivities, customs and man's relationship with nature. Made with regular tones from charcoal, hued soil, plant sap, leaves and cow excrement, this basic fine art is made with dabs and lines. The Gonds make these artistic creations as a contribution to Mother Nature, and furthermore to avert evil.

Japani Shyam

Gond community is one where women are at forefront and this also reflects in their art field. Major artisans are women of the tribe. Japani Shyam, Named after her father - Jangadh Shyam’s first trip to Japan, which was also when she was born,won the Kamala Devi award at the age of eleven. Durgabai Vyam , one of the prominent Gond artists, has co-authored the children’s book The Night Life of Trees along with Bhajju Shyam & Ram Singh Urveti, which won the Bologna Ragazzi Award in 2008.Other Prominent women gond artists are Choti Tekam, Dhaniya Bai, Jyotibai Uike, Kala Bai, Rajani Vyam, Roshani Vyam & many more


Women are without any denial the most beautiful and bewitching creation ever. Indeed, they are an endowment to the world by the Almighty. They are the producers, nurtures and the one who tells what sharing, caring and loving in its supreme degree looks like. Moreover, in India, they are given a special cathedra. Females are considered as the disguised form of Goddesses and are thus worshipped during the celebration of many festivals. They are not just beautiful outside but inside as well. During their entire life, they play different roles, they are a mother, a daughter, a wife, and whatnot.

As we mentioned, there are still several Indian art forms that are widely run by women of our society. Or we can also say that those art forms are not on the verge of extinction because of the continued efforts of some great women that are part of our society.

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