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Folk Paintings

FOLK PAINTINGS

• The folk paintings have been existing since ancient times and the styles and patterns
have the huge diversity in various regions of the country.
• Most of the folk paintings are pictorial representations and the subject varies from
religion to natural things and also the day to day activities.
• Folk paintings generally use vibrant and natural colours with various natural ground
substances.

FOLK PAINTING REGION CHARACTERISTICS

MADHUBANI BIHAR  (TERAI)
· Bright colours with contrasts or patterns
· Traditionally done by women
· Use of tribal motifs and bright earthly colours

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WARLI Maharashtra
· Vivid expression of daily and social life
· Generally in walls of village houses

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PATTACHITRA Odisha
· Painting done on canvas
· Manifested by rich colourful motifs and designs
· Mostly mythological depiction

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KALAMEZHUTHU Kerala
· Ritualistic art practised in temples and sacred
groves of Kerala
· Representation of deities like Kali and Lord
Ayyappa is made on the floor.

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KALIGHAT Eastern India
(Calcutta)
· Use of watercolour on mill paper
· General themes are religion, social sentiments, etc..

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KALAMKARI Andhra Pradesh
· Sharp pointed bamboo as pen and the base is cotton
fabric
· Vegetable dyes as colours
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MANJUSHA Bihar
· Also known as Snake painting (use of snake
motifs)
· Paintings executed on jute and paper

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THANGKA SIKKIM
· Cotton canvas as the base
· Influence of Buddhism
· Use of different colours for different scenes

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