Krishna And Art: A Symphony Of Love

Happy Janmashtami!

Krishna Janmashtami is a festival of joy and celebration for one of the most loved gods of Hindus- Lord Krishna. His charm made everyone fall in love with him again and again, be it his mother, neighbours, or admirers. His mischief as a kid still finds space in the grandma stories’ books and artists’ creativity. For the grace that Lord Krishna and his gopiyan unveil in stories, there is no wonder that artists find it alluring to bring him alive on their canvas. 

Indian folk art forms have always depicted the life of Lord Krishna, be it spending time playing flute sitting amongst cows, dancing with Radha and gopis or stealing makkhan from the earthen pots. With the imagination, inspiration, love; and Krishna has been a favourite subject of creation in various hues and forms. Be it his peacock feather crown, his eyes full of love and mischief, his magical flute, and his lotus feet; an artist while painting it connects with the religiousness of the lord. 

India being a country of culture has some intriguing forms of art that have been passed down from generation to generation. No matter how much modernisation has penetrated in our country, thankfully there are still quite a few things that remain untouched in their raw beauty. Mythology, religious god and goddesses are one of the favourite themes of depiction in our art forms. While all the art forms are unique, admirable, and captivating in one way or the other, we bring to you five traditional art forms that etch Lord Krishna’s life-like stories on canvas. 

1.       Madhubani: Madhubani painting, also known as Mithila painting is an art form popular in Bihar, India. The art form is kept alive mostly by folk women and primarily depicts symbolic images from nature and Hindu religious motifs, and the themes generally revolve around Hindu deities.

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2.       Miniature: These paintings are characterised by its minute size but intricate details and expressions. Originating in the Mughal era, this art form is now popularly practiced in Rajasthan. Like other art forms, the paintings depict religious symbols and classics. These paintings stand out as figures are portrayed with large beautiful eyes, and other sharp features.

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3.       Gond: Another tribal marvel, Gond painting is an art form practised by the Gonds, one of the largest tribes centred in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. It has vibrant depictions of flora, fauna and deities. Gond paintings capture the essence of celebrations, rituals and nature. 

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4.Tanjore: With roots in the Vijayanagara School of painting, Tanjore painting originated in the Maratha court of Thanjavur. Distinct with rich colours, glittering gold foils, glass beads, precious and semi-precious stones, Tanjore painting main subjects are Hindu gods and goddesses. 

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5.       Warli: Warli painting is an art form made by Warli tribes from the mountains and coastal regions in and around Maharashtra and Gujarat. Traditional Warli paintings use of white paint on mud walls.  This tribal art is characterized by intricate geometric patterns of flowers, wedding rituals, deities, etc. 

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On the occasion of Janmashtami this year, as the country rejoices the birth of Lord Krishna, Leftoye wishes you the blessings of the almighty. May you be blessed with nature around you, love for animals, charm to making everyone around smile!

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