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Exhibition of Tanjore paintings from today

VEENA JAIKUMAR of Baroda would exhibit Tanjore paintings made by 15 traditional artists from Thanjavur at the Emerald Hall of Hotel Sayaji on May 6 and 7 from 10 am to 8 pm.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 15:03 IST

VEENA JAIKUMAR of Baroda would exhibit Tanjore paintings made by 15 traditional artists from Thanjavur at the Emerald Hall of Hotel Sayaji on May 6 and 7 from 10 am to 8 pm.

The city of Thanjavur is famous for the school of paintings named after it. The Tanjore paintings are characterised by their colour schemes and decorative jewellery. Traditional Tanjore artists restrict their art to divine figures and use only natural vegetable colours.

These days the artists have started including animals, birds and monuments in their paintings.  The figures have rounded bodies and almond shaped eyes. Gold foil and coloured stones are used to add to the opulence of these paintings fitted in carved teakwood frames. The paintings are of various sizes ranging from miniatures to huge works spanning a whole wall.

It is believed that these original paintings bring peace and prosperity for the buyer. The 24-carat gold foil used in the paintings symbolises wealth. The rays emitted by real and precious stones create a positive aura in the house and emit energy waves.