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.

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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.

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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.

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

The city clock

Pristine

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.

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Rajasthan Arts – Rolling in Terracotta works in Udaipur City

Rolling in Terracotta works near Udaipur City

Maru Potters – Kumhars have been engaged in the age old tradition of terracotta designs for years. Terracotta work tradition is 1500 to 1700 yrs old. The tradition is associated with creation of figurines for local deities – Dev Narayana Ji, Dharamraj Ji, etc. A lot of temples in Southern Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh replace their deity figurines regularly and that is when they visit Molela, near Udaipur city to purchase a new figurine. This tradition almost equivalent of a huge celebration is followed mostly by the tribes of these regions. Traditional terracotta designs with detailed mythological stories – Ramayan, Mahabharta, etc, are materpiece works by these potters.

There is something very peculiar about this art form, they are all hollow. This helps in creating light weight art pieces, prevent cracks in the forms and also uses less clay which is a scarce raw material in any case these days with most of it getting consumed in brick kilns.

Hollow pieces of terracotta

To make the final frame, small parts are composed which are then pasted onto the main frame.Small portions of a composition are made from clay and dung mix using wooden and iron tools.Tools for creating terracotta clay potteryThe small compositions are then pasted onto the main frame.After drying it for 6-7 days, it is kept in sun for 2-3 days and then loaded in a furnace in standing position for 4-5 hours to heat at temperatures  of around 600-700 degree.Most of the work is carried out in winters since they are conducive to proper drying of works helping in minimal cracks. Summers lead to cracks in bigger pieces of art work. In order to color the art pieces, natural/ artificial colors are used.

Terracotta pottery

Terracotta pottery  - Warli Tribal

Terracotta pottery

Here are some of the clicks of art form and the village around.

Baby buffalo in the village house - Terracotta

Beautiful architecture and work in village homes - Terracotta

Happy old village man

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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

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