Learning Miniature Art

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An exhilarating experience of learning the process of painting miniature art from renowned art guru Shri. Lalit Sharma from Rajasthan.

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Grinding and mixing stone colors

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Readying a royal element to be painted; and here it begins…

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This moderate level art piece took 4 hours to complete; a small finer work takes around 2 days of sitting with the artist.

If you also want to experience this exquisite art; we are just a mail away…

For Mumbai art lovers, we are holding an exclusive miniature painting workshop this November on 23rd and 24th. No prior knowledge of miniatures is required to attend this workshop. The artist will take the participants through intricacies involved in creating a miniature painting from sketching, grinding and mixing the stone colors, to applying them with special brushes to create their own miniature painting.

To buy authentic miniature paintings call us on +91 9920458957 or contact us on http://www.facebook.com/thekalacafe

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Tibetan Arts – Thangka paintings and woodcarving from Dharamsala

Dharamsala is a small town nestled in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Ranges of Himalayas in Kangra district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Dharamsala

The suburbs of the town include McLeodGanj, Bhagsunath, Dharamkot, Naddi, ForsythGanj, Kotwali Bazaar (the main market of the town), Kaccheri Adda (government offices such as the court, police, post etc.), Dari, Ramnagar, Sidhpur and Sidhbari.

Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. It was in 1960 that following the 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees here who followed the 14th Dalai Lama. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying Tibet and Tibetan culture. Many cultural centers have sprung up for the preservation and study of traditional medicine, thangka painting, wood carving, folk opera, music, astrology, handicrafts and much more.

Kala Cafe organizes trips and workshops for the following art forms to Dharamsala where art lovers get to stay in homestays nearby villages and experience an amalgam of Himachali and Tibetan culture.

Thangka Painting are traditional roll paintings that may depict Budhha, Tibetan deities, mandalas or scenes from the Buddha’s life. Paintings are made according to a proportional grid relevant to each deity.They are painted in opaque watercolor on cotton fabric, then mounted in traditional Tibetan silk brocade. Thangkas are meant to be more than simply two-dimensional images, but seen as 3-dimensional forms or concepts, used for meditation or reflection. Generally, thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their luster, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places to prevent moisture from affecting the quality of silk. It is also called as a scroll-painting.

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In a 2 week long workshop, the apprentice has to devote 5 hours everyday with the master of Thangka Paintings. During this time one is taken through art of sketching, and gradually through filling colors into the sketch proportions.

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Thangka Sketching

Thangka

Needless to say, one cannot perfect this art in 2 weeks but the exposure to this brilliant art form in a Tibetan environment is unmatched. One not only gets involved with the art but the lives of the fellow Tibetans as well – an experience you can get only if you visit Dharamsala.

Woodcarving is an art of carefully drawing and mastering images on pieces of wood.This unique Tibetan wood carving technique involves drawing beautiful traditional designs on selected variety of wood and then carving out the design using tools.

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Some of the most common designs are the ancient Tibetan Gods. The artists are renowned in producing excellent woodcarving, carved and painted crafts being their specialty.

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KalaCafe deals in exclusive interior|exterior decors, art installations, custom designs of authentic Indian art forms like miniature art, terracotta works, batik, etc. – created by our highly experienced traditional artists and an in-house design team. We also organize workshops for art lovers who wish to learn new art forms from only the masters or none. Here, art aficionados get to stay with the artist gurus to learn and experience the process of creating the art piece.

To buy authentic Indian art forms, call us on +91 9920458957

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Rajasthan Arts – Exploring the Miniature Paintings in Udaipur City

Rajasthani handicrafts and the outstanding art forms are renowned globally. And Udaipur, the capital of Mewar, is a major contributor to this recognition. Last year we got a chance to explore a few exclusive art forms of Udaipur city practiced by the artisans for generations. Here is an account of a few which caught our attention.

Exploring the Miniature Paintings in Udaipur City

Gajraj - elephant miniature painting Udaipur

Wandering the streets of Suraj Pol, in the look out for something original, we stumbled across some beautiful elephant wall paintings. On inquiring about the artist we were directed to his studio nearby. Lalit Sharma gave us a warm welcome and showed us around his displayed pieces of artworks.

He mentioned  that his family has been in the profession of designing miniature paintings for several generations. His grandfather used to serve great king Maharana Bhupal Singh and garnered many awards for his excellence. His great-grandfather used to create artworks for Maharana Fateh Singh. He still owns a masterpiece by his great- grandfather which depicts a procession of Maharana Sajjan Singh – a beautiful painting made using real gold paint. Needless to say it is priceless for him.

He showed us his works with such alacrity that the vibes were infectious! He showed us Radha Krishna paintings in blue colored theme, each of them had great detailing involved immensely appealing to the eyes.  His creations were in varied shapes and sizes to suit what art aficionados may prefer.

Maharajas of Udaipur - Miniature painting on canvas

Each creation takes a couple of days to weeks to design depending upon the detailing and size of artwork. The astonishing part was that the same panting could be reproduced by him in different sizes, surely an outcome of  practice, dedication and experience of more than 17 years. Check out the collection on Kalacafe’s facebook page.

At the studio of miniature paintings

The paintings are made with stone colors. The powder that is available in local markets is mixed with water and gum. In order to check if the color mix is ready to be used for painting, it needs to be touched with finger to see if it doesn’t stick back which confirms that the color is mixed well. It can then be used for painting on silk cloth or canvas. Black colors is derived from soot which is obtained from vessels put over chulhas – fireplace used for cooking in villages. Gum doesn’t mix very easily with soot but after laborious mixing it develops into color black  for the paintings.

He is no less than a true art director as composing a painting on a 12 X 4 feet canvas is surely a talent. This one particular painting had been decorated with delicate work using acrylic colors – there were musicians – horse riders, elephant pair (gajraj), dhola maru – camel and followers donning exquisite ornaments. He deals in wall hangings, conference wall arts, weddings, gifting pieces, etc.

Miniature painting - Royal procession

Miniature painting - Royal procession

Miniature painting - Royal procession

Although his children study in schools and colleges, he makes sure they do practice this art form during their free time  as he wishes to ensure that this art form survives through generations.

To buy some of these paintings, call us on +91 9920458957

Also, here are some sneak peaks into the marketplace as we roamed  the streets of Udaipur city.

The city clock

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Old handmade paper shop - Udaipur city

Roaming streets of Udaipur

Roaming streets of Udaipur city

At the counter of an old post office

Roaming streets of Udaipur city

Roaming streets of Udaipur city

Udaipur city

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KalaCafe deals in exclusive interior|exterior decors, art installations, custom designs of authentic Indian art forms like miniature art, terracotta works, batik, etc. – created by our highly experienced traditional artists and an in-house design team. We also organize workshops for art lovers who wish to learn new art forms from only the masters or none. Here, art aficionados get to stay with the artist gurus to learn and experience the process of creating the art form.

To buy authentic Indian art forms, call us on + 91 9920458957.

Follow us on http://www.facebook.com/thekalacafe for regular updates on products and events

Rajasthan Arts – Batik Painting in Udaipur City

Batik Arts of Udaipur City

The process of generating this art form involves a lot of patience and skill. It takes months to create one piece of art form.  Immense imagination and talent goes into composing the artwork over these months.

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Batik on global warming

On a piece of cloth(usually pure Bangalorean silk/ cotton), different shades of colors are given using wax (beeswax/ paraffin) textures. Hence, color combinations need to be thought about beforehand. We saw interesting batiks – a phad painting of Pabuji (the local deity) – paintings on cloth produced mainly in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan, had been created using batik printing. Batik is a medium and a strong one indeed to express social causes apart from beautiful designs. Did you know that batik prints can be also be designed on eggs?!

Do get us to design a customized batik print for you, contact us on http://www.facebook.com/thekalacafe or call us on +91 9920458957.

Batik - Krishna with his flute

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KalaCafe deals in exclusive interior|exterior decors, art installations, custom designs of authentic Indian art forms like miniature art, terracotta works, batik, etc. – created by our highly experienced traditional artists and an in-house design team. We also organize workshops for art lovers who wish to learn new art forms from only the masters or none. Here, art aficionados get to stay with the artist gurus to learn and experience the process of creating the art form.

Follow us on http://www.facebook.com/thekalacafe for regular updates on products and events.