Different Styles of Painting

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India as a land of diversity also inhabits various forms of beautiful paintings. The styles of Indian painting are always on the top of world. This is because India has developed geographic and regional diversity. Whether it is about miniatures or murals, all kinds of media are being utilized to bring beauty in art form. Glass, fabric, walls, sand and in fact, human skin is a medium to show paintings.

In 18th and 19th century, the world witnessed glass painting. It basically started from china and was brought into India while doing trade by East India Company. Glass was imported from Britain and Belgium and depicted themes, stories and icons in them. Painting is done by firstly drawing the details and then filling special colors made from gum Arabic and water. To adhere the color to glass painting is fired into kiln. Today various modern artists and Indians adopt this kind of painting.

Another famous painting of India is Madhubani paintings. These are specialized painting by villagers residing in madhubani. They used walls on three occasions to depict such paintings i.e. on ceremony to celebrate body’s ascent, on renovation or dedication of family’s shrine and on weddings. Drawings are made by most experienced women of the village and the colors used to fill them were specially made from vegetables mixed with gum or milk oil. The paintings had a message for the newly wed bride and groom. It depicted all gods and goddesses to protect them.

Warli painting is another style of painting amongst tribal areas which originated in 10th century in Maharashtra. It is created from white rice and painted using twigs. Married women of village used walls of mud houses to paint which were firstly coated with cow dung and then with red mud. Such paintings are created today also but the technique applied is modern. It includes medium of cloth and paper as well.

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