Goddess Saraswathi, Tanjore Painting
Goddess Saraswathi – Tanjore Painting is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning. She is a part of the trinity (Tridevi) of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva to create, maintain, and regenerate the Universe, respectively.
Goddess Saraswati – Tanjore Painting is a Classical South Indian Art Developed In The Late 16th Century In Thanjavur Also Known As Tanjore In Tamilnadu South Indian State. These Tanjore Paintings Evoke A Sense Of Class And Timelessness With Their Alluring Illustrations Of Puranic Scenes. This Ancient Art Form Traces Its Origin To Tanjavur, Capital Of The Erstwhile Chola Empire. Tanjore Art Takes Its Origin From The Murals Of The Vijayanagara Period (1500-1600 AD) Acquired Its Robust Forms, Architectural Details And Vibrant Colors In This Period.
Maratha Rule In The Next Two Centuries(1600 AD -1800 AD) Brought A Distinctive Style Change To The Thanjavur Paintings. Royal Maratha Artists Combined The Existing Mural Style With Amazing Details Characterized By The Exquisite Workmanship Of Precious Stones And Gold Leaves.
Tanjore Paintings Was Practiced By Two Main Communities Namely – The Rajus Of Tanjore & Trichy, The Naidus Of Madurai.With The Decline Of Dynastic Rule, The Artists (Rajus), Divided Into 3 Groups One Heading To Vuyaioor, The Second Group To Mysore, And The Third Stayed On At Tanjore.
The Styles Developed Were Slightly Different From Each Other. The Emphasis At Tanjore Was On Studded Gems & Gold Leaves. At Vuyaioor Importance Was On The Decorative Garland. In Mysore, The Emphasis Was On Intricate Painting. The Direct Impact On Tanjore Art Begins With The Stationing Of The British Garrison In Thanjavur In 177