Paintings :Kerala stands next to Rajasthan in having
the largest collection of murals based on puranic (ancient Indian
mythology) themes. The murals of Kerala
bear the stamp of uniqueness in aesthetic composition and techniques.
Most of these were painted between 15th and 19th centuries, many
even date back to the 8th century AD.
Kerala Mural paintings :temples
The temples and palaces of Kerala are invariable
sagas of Hindu gods and goddesses and visual poems of their heroic
deeds. It took a lot of dedication and devotion to create these
visual wonders. The pigments, gum, brushes etc are all taken from
plants or natural minerals. Frequently used pigments in Kerala are
saffron-red, saffron-yellow, green, red, white, blue, black, yellow
and golden yellow.
If you are a serious student of this art, here
are a few destinations which you should not miss while in Kerala.
The oldest murals of Kerala are found in the Thirunandikkara
Cave temple now a part of Kanyakumari district of the neighbouring
state of Tamilnadu.
The largest mural panel in Kerala - the Gajendra
Moksha - is at Krishnapuram Palace near Kayamkulam in Alappuzha
district. Extensive murals depicting scenes from the Hindu epics,
the Ramayana and the Bhagavatha are preserved at the Mattancherry
Palace, Ernakulam district. The murals of the Shiva temple in Ettumanoor
provide insight into the earliest forms of Dravidian mural art.
If you are not satisfied just seeing them, then
stop by at the Vasthuvidya Gurukulam , Parambarya Thachu Sastra
Chuvarchithra Samrakshana Kendram, Aranmula, Pathanamthitta, Kerala.
You could buy one at Rs.2000/- per sq.ft. depending on the complexity
of the picture and its size. But make sure that you specify the
size and theme when you order it.
If you're still unsatisfied, you could travel to
the Mural Institute, Guruvayoor Devaswom, East Nada, Guruvayoor,
Thrissur district, north Kerala, where you can train yourself in