Mandi It witnessed the emergence of a new style under Raja Sidh Sen
(1684–1727). During this period, the portraits showed the ruler as a large
figure with huge heads, hands and feet. Other works in this style were
characterized by geometric compositions and delicate naturalistic details.
Mankot Mankot paintings of Jammu and Kashmir and the Basohli type
bear a striking similarity in their use of vivid colours and bold subjects. In the
mid-17th century, portraitures became a common theme. However, with time,
the emphasis shifted to naturalism and subdued colours.
Nurpur Nurpur paintings of Himachal Pradesh usually used bright colours
and flat backgrounds. However interestingly, in the later periods, dazzling
colours were replaced by muted ones.
Features Tanjore painting is one of the most popular forms of classical
south Indian painting. It is the native art form of Thanjavur (also known as
Tanjore) city of Tamil Nadu. The highlights of Tanjore paintings that
distinguish them from the other types of paintings are dense composition,
surface richness and use of vibrant colours. Furthermore, there are
adornments of semi-precious stones, pearls and glass pieces that further add
to their appeal. The relief work gives them a three-dimensional effect.
Themes Most of the Tanjore paintings revolve around the theme of Hindu
Gods and Goddesses, along with saints. The typical pattern followed is that
the main figure is always painted at the center of the painting. Another name
by which Thanjore paintings are locally known is "Palagai Padam", since these
paintings are mainly done on solid wood planks (palagai meaning wooden
plank and padam meaning picture).
Patrons The origin of Tanjore paintings date back to the early medieval
period under the reign of the Imperial Cholas. Among the other patronizers,
Maratha princes, Nayakas, Raju communities of Tanjore and Trichi, and
Naidus of Madurai are worth mentioning. They patronized Thanjavur
paintings from 16th to 18th centuries.
Making techniques Of the numerous steps involved in the making of a
Tanjore painting, the first step