Monday, April 26, 2010

Shekhawati Paintings

Shekhawati region in western India, is famous for its mural paintings. It is like a huge open air gallery of painted walls, havelis and palaces in the vast expanse of the desert of Rajasthan in India. Every nooks and corner of the each town, street, home has been painted with frescoes. The homes built by the people of the region feature exquisite paintings that decorate their walls, doors, and interiors. The themes of these frescoes depict gods, kings, flowers and scenes from daily life.
The technique of Fresco painting in Shekhawati is very similar to the Italian Fresco technique of the 14th century. Mostly vegetable pigments were used for coloring. Some of the main ingredients are kajal for black, lime for white, neel for blue, geru for red, kesar for orange, yellow clay for yellow.

The above image is interior courtyard of haveli in Mandwa taken in the night. This technique has been used since 1580 in this region. So this paintings in this area are around this period.


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59 comments:

V Rakesh said...

Wow! Another marvelous piece of heritage! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Lou said...

Wow Rajesh, How beautiful. I loved the tour.

Bobbi said...

Hi, I just love stopping in at your blog every week, you always have such beautiful and interesting mosaics and pictures. Thank you so much for sharing them! I hope that you have a lovely new week.
Hugs...
Bobbi

A Garden of Threads said...

What a great mosaic, the frescos look so beautiful. Hope you have a great week.

Bella said...

Rajesh.... these builings are amazing... such beautiful paintings! Thanks for sharing!
Bella

Anu said...

Beautiful paintings as well as pics!

Lana G! said...

Beautiful! I would love to visit there some day.

joo said...

Such beautiful places - doors are glorious!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Interesting!

Snap said...

Love the mosaic and very interesting post. Learn something new!!!

Zuzana said...

Ah, this must be stunning! Incredible to be able to see art just by walking an looking at the buildings.;)
Love all the images.;)
xo

She Writes said...

Amazing to see these places you share. I wish the photos were larger!

Babli said...

Shekhawati paintings are really marvellous and gorgeous. Amazing to see such beautiful paintings. You have explained very nicely. Thanks for this informative post.

Rettabug said...

These are amazing photos! They remind me of our trip to Turkey for some reason. Similar inlaid designs maybe. Beautiful!

roughterrain crane said...

Amazing!
It must be very difficult to preserve wall paintings in good condition.

jabblog said...

Wonderful murals! I bet you could spend hours looking at them.

George said...

The paintings are beautiful! You did a very good job with your mosaic.

radha said...

Have read so much about Shekawati paintings. Have not seen any. What an art!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Seems like a lot of time and work went into those fescoes. They were fine craftsmen. Valerie

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Heard so much about these Shekawathi paintings. Yet to visit... Thank you so much for sharing dear...

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Anna said...

Very interesting. And you know we only have one mural painting here in my town, lol. Thanks for sharing, wonderful post. Hope all is well. Anna :)

Mojo said...

How do vegetable-based pigments stay so vivid for so many centuries. Modern paint doesn't hold up for years even. Amazing how much "smarter" we are now isn't it?

JOE TODD said...

Thanks for the photos and History

Mama Zen said...

How gorgeous!

SandyCarlson said...

Those are amazing places. Thank you, again!

Sylvia K said...

Fascinating post as always, Rajesh! Love your photos! What a colorful and beautiful world! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Brit Gal Sarah said...

These are wonderful, I have seen the Italian frescos up close and these look just as good. Great post and piccies.

Carver said...

That's so interesting to learn about the techniques used in the frescoes and great shots of beautiful places.

Photo Cache said...

your ancestors are so very talented.

those murals are so wonderful.

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eileeninmd said...

Amazing paintings and photos! Thanks for sharing!

Marites said...

i love frescoes and these ones are really impressively amazing! you have a beautiful heritage.

Pam said...

Rajesh, your mosaic is beautiful and you live in a wonderful world surrounded with magnificent architecture.

LV said...

Always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing so many interesting things there. Very nice job. Thanks for stopping by my place.

Jossie said...

Great post again. Your country has so many wonderful historic places to show. Incredible.

J Bar said...

You always show us such interesting places.
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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful frescos, Rajesh. Your country has so much interesting history.

magiceye said...

beautifully captured!

LadyFi said...

Wonderful murals! I wish we still painted the inside of our houses like this nowadays...

Ebie said...

These are exquisite paintings and murals.

Ann said...

can't imagine what a heritage India has until we see these arts. You are doing a great job.

Short Poems said...

Beautiful places, thanks for sharing with us :)
marinela x x

Wolynski said...

Such a talented nation - what treasures India produced.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: Very interesting, It does look similar to what I saw in Italy.

Arasu said...

Fantastic! The architecture of the building is simply amazing!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Hi Rajesh !! Mandawa is a place which is known for its beauty and Haveli's !I have been to Mandawa many times and you would be glad to know that Mandawa Fort belongs to my Friend only and it has now been converted into heritage hotel now.Lovely shots..Also please visit my New Blog About Paranormal Studies of India.Click on the Link to view it Unseen Rajasthan Paranormal

Johnny Nutcase said...

how neat! so glad you posted this, very interesting!

Eden said...

Fantastic paintings. It is nice to know more your side of the world.Thank you for sharing

joshi daniel said...

so interesting!

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful buildings and frescoes. I like the mosaic you created also.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Very interesting and great photos!

lynda Howells said...

I just LOVE your images and one of these days l will visit. i had a lot of friends from all over India when l was living in Dubai in the 80's.
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JM said...

I spent a couple of days at Mandawa and was amazed at the Haveli paintings! Even the hotel was gorgeous!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for the appreciation.

Kristin said...

Love your country. India is rich in culture and diversity. Interesting post as usual. What a great art you have there.

Jeevan said...

Wow these are quite amazing walls! Nice knowing such a place filled with artistic paintings.

ViShaL said...

These are beautiful...:)

Nishant Singh said...

I am so loving these heritage walks with you. Great work there :D

Nalini Hebbar said...

I love the colours of our desert...the clothes and the palaces have changed the landscape from monotonous to dashing...Wonderful photos

Nik said...

nice pics & interesting blog!

have stayed in shekhawati region for some time & hence can relate !