FOLK HERITAGE

“SAURA”- TRIBAL PAINTINGS FROM ODISHA

The captivating art of the "Saura", is a folk heritage gifted to us by the Saura tribe of the state of Odisha in India. The paintings are in the form of wall murals which are ancient and are mentioned in the epic texts of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Saura tribe holds its customs and rituals through the fine depiction of their religious ceremonies, their history, philosophy and religious practices in their intricate paintings.The art is called Italons or Ikons (or Ekons) because they are dedicated to Idital (also Edital) the main deity of the Sauras.

FOLK HERITAGE

“PARCHIN KARI” – A MARBLE INLAY TECHNIQUE

Parchin Kari is a beautiful ancient inlay technique in which colored stones are "cut and fit" in marble base to create motifs, intricate geometric designs, large scale calligraphy, swirling floral arabesques or images. The stones used in such decorative art work may be precious or semi-precious, colored and highly polished. Pietra dura items are generally crafted on green, white or black marble base stones. White marble from Makrana, Rajasthan (India) or Creama Marble from Italy is the most preferred form of marble surface for inlay work due to their premium qualities. The history of Pietra dura dates back to 16th century Rome, where it was developed as an architectural element. It was used on floors and walls, with both geometric and figurative designs for enhancing beauty and ornamentation. It came India during 17th century Mughal empire and gained much appreciation in Mughal courts. Parchin kala is profoundly incorporated in the entire complex of Tajmahal enhancing the decorative element of this marvelous wonder. Read the full post and be the part of this heritage story....