Dancing Shiva with Goddess Parvati Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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Nritya or tandava is an inseparable, sacred movement of the body in accordance with the inner divine. The dance of Shiva represents the rhythm and movement of the universal spirit. At his dance the evil forces and darkness quiver and vanish. This painting depicts the interior of a shrine where Lord Shiva is in the form of Nataraja is the principal deity. The architectural members of the shrine, namely columns, floor ceiling and roof are painted in gold and embedded with stones of red and white colour, the latter being predominant.

The principal shrine has a golden canopy in the form of a circle placed against red and golden colours. Lord Shiva is painted in a white complexion. The crescent moon and flowing Ganges is noticeable in his gilded hair. Parvati is in green colour, wearing a gold-coloured saree, is shown in the tribhanga pose occupying the chamber of Shiva’s left. The chamber to the right of Shiva is divided into two compartments in which it shows Tumburu playing on the drum, Vyagrapada and Patanjali in an attitude of worship and the sage bhringi dancing and keeping uptime. Below other Parvati and Lord Shiva are riding Nandi.

Colours have been used in a remarkable manner. Bright red is used as background for Parvati and Shiva. The combined deity sitting on a throne is embossed with gold and blue. The dancing Shiva makes the painting pleasing to the viewer. 

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Item Code: PAA318
Dimensions 27.5 inch x 22 inch x 4.5 inch (With Frame)
23 inch x 17 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 5.90 kg
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How are Tanjore paintings made?

Tanjore painting is a traditional form of art in the South Indian style and was started by the inhabitants of a small town known as Thanjavur of Tamil Nadu. This gives it another name called “Thanjavur painting”. This painting draws its figures, designs, and inspiration from the time when Vedic culture was prevalent in India. Certain remarkable features of a Tanjore painting distinguish it from other paintings. Some of these are pure gold or gold foil coating on gesso work, the use of rich and vivid colors, and the inlay of cut-glass or semi-precious and precious stones. The subjects of most of the Tanjore paintings are Hindu Gods, Goddesses, and saints. The main devotional figure is portrayed in the central portion of the painting and is usually surrounded by various secondary figures.

The process of making a Tanjore painting

The classic Tanjore paintings are done on wooden planks and hence are also referred to as Palagai Padam in South India (Palagai = Wooden plank, Padam = Picture). Creating a masterpiece is never an easy task but the skilled artists of Thanjavur have been following the tradition of making timeless Tanjore paintings for decades.

The making process begins with preparing the wooden board or canvas. The size of the board depends upon the choice of the patron. The next step is to paste cardboard over the wooden board and then a cotton fabric is stretched and pasted upon it using Arabic gum.

Tanjore Painting Wooden Base

Now that the cloth is attached to the wooden panel, a rough sketch of the motifs and figure is drawn onto the fabric. After this, a paste of chalk powder and water-soluble adhesive is evenly applied over the base and smoothed.

Sketching of Tanjore Painting

Thereafter, the outlines which were made or traced using a stencil are now ready to be beautified and decked with various add-ons. The usual materials for decoration are cut-glass, pearls, semi-precious and precious gems, gold leaf, and laces. 22 or 18 Karat Gold leaves and gems of varied hues are especially inlaid in areas like pillars, arches, walls, thrones, and dresses.

Gold Inlay work on painting

In the final step, the rest of the painting is filled with rich and striking colors such as shades of red, blue, and green. Formerly, the artists used natural colors like vegetable and mineral dyes instead of chemical paints. The entire painting is then cleaned and refined to give a flawless finished look.

Since the making of a single piece of Tanjore painting requires a complex and elaborate process, the artists usually take at least one or two months to complete it. The use of pure gold foil and gems for beautification is a characteristic of an authentic Tanjore painting. Due to this, Tanjore paintings last for generations without getting tarnished and are much more expensive than general paintings. Though the art form has undergone various changes and technique modifications over the years, it continues to attract the hearts of art lovers.

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