The “Amruta Kalasha,” an exhibition, unveiled the creative treasure of Thanjavur and an assortment of South Indian paintings that dates as old as the 19th century with the rarest stories of Hindu mythology at Kiran Museum of Arts in Delhi by Roobina Karode.
The collection counts nearly 200 art pieces of Thanjavur paintings with intricate detailing of gold and drawings is preserved by Kuldip Singh, the art collector. The Delhi-based Kuldip is best known for the beautiful concrete buildings in Palika Kendra. Collecting art wasn’t his choice at first, says the ace designer. During his professional commitments in South, he experienced and observed the finest architectural ancient wooden columns, Chettinad doors. While returning to Delhi and on request from one of his friends, Mr Singh purchased two portraits that depicted Krishna and Khamadhenu with their wives. The dislike of the paintings by his friend made Kuldip preserve those art pieces which resulted in the obsession of collecting the finest Thanjavur paintings. The collection now makes a count of over 350 across India and remarks to be the largest with its rare mythological stories and iconic artwork. The architectural insight of Mr Singh didn’t fade away in the exhibition, his columns and furniture supported the paintings to narrate a set the mode.
Kuldip believes that these paintings are intricately carved by ex-miniaturists who in search of work have moved from Deccan to the Southern parts like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. He also mentions that Thanjavur and Mysore style of paintings are not very different but reflects a similar artwork from the same tribe. He adds by saying that the trend till date exists in India.
While the changing times welcomed the new style of painting, i.e., Lithography and refurbished the idea of art in the 20th century. This new art form made the status of the deities available at affordable rates for the poor. The classic example would be the artistic paintings of Lord Vishnu engraved with his thousand names by the devotees of the entire painting. The exhibition is thus homage to the devotion of the people at Saket and continued until December 15.