PAINTINGS OF INDIA – KALAMKARI PAINTINGS
Kalamkari or Qalamkari Paintings is a type of hand painted or block printed cotton textile work produced in India.The Kalamkari word is defined from the Persian words kalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.
There are two styles of kalamkari art in India. First – the Srikalahasti style and second is the Machalipatnam style of art. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari, wherein the ‘kalam’ or pen is used for free hand Painting of the subject and filling in the colours. This style depicts flowered around temples and an almost religious identity, temple hangings, chariot banners, and scenes taken from the great Hindu epics the Ramayana, Mahabarata, Puranas.
The second craft is made at Pedana near by Machilipatnam style in Krishna district (Andhra Pradesh), and evolved with patronage of the Mughals shaa sultanate.