Bala Gopala Krishna Tanjore Painting | Traditional Colors With 24K Gold | Teakwood Frame | Gold & Wood | Handmade | Made In India

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The smiling face of Shri Krishna is itself an elixir for those who have devoted their entire life unto His lotus feet. The Supreme Lord Krishna descended on the earth to engage His beloved devotees in His transcendental pastimes full of bliss and mercy. All the inhabitants of the holy land of Braja loved Him with all their heart and Krishna being the source of all pleasure, gave them the highest form of pleasure in return. This is the magical exchange of pure love between Bhakta and Bhagawan. 

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Item Code: PAA088
Specifications:
TANJORE PAINTING TRADITIONAL COLORS WITH 24 KARAT GOLD
Dimensions 27.5 inch x 21.5 inch x 2 inch (With Frame)
23 inch x 17 inch (Without Frame)
Weight: 5.75 kg
Handmade
Handmade
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100% Made in India
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Look how calmly the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna is sitting on a throne surrounded by three beautifully dressed damsels (gopis). The Lord appears very attractive as He enjoys the loving devotional service from the gopis. The essence of transcendental bliss can be experienced just by merely looking at this mesmerizing painting. Lord Krishna being All-Attractive is clad in a short-length dhoti and elaborately adorned with several ornaments on His self-effulgent body. His bodily features are very enchanting for everyone to see and whoever meditates upon them certainly achieves the highest form of pleasure. Krishna loved to steal and eat butter from the houses of gopis in Vrindavan and thus was called by the name Makhan chor. Here, He can be seen holding a butterball in one of His hands and is ready to gulp it down at any moment. Seeing Him enjoying, the gopis also enjoy the pleasure of their Lord.


 

How are Tanjore paintings made?

Tanjore painting is a traditional form of art in the South Indian style and was started by the inhabitants of a small town known as Thanjavur of Tamil Nadu. This gives it another name called “Thanjavur painting”. This painting draws its figures, designs, and inspiration from the time when Vedic culture was prevalent in India. Certain remarkable features of a Tanjore painting distinguish it from other paintings. Some of these are pure gold or gold foil coating on gesso work, the use of rich and vivid colors, and the inlay of cut-glass or semi-precious and precious stones. The subjects of most of the Tanjore paintings are Hindu Gods, Goddesses, and saints. The main devotional figure is portrayed in the central portion of the painting and is usually surrounded by various secondary figures.

The process of making a Tanjore painting

The classic Tanjore paintings are done on wooden planks and hence are also referred to as Palagai Padam in South India (Palagai = Wooden plank, Padam = Picture). Creating a masterpiece is never an easy task but the skilled artists of Thanjavur have been following the tradition of making timeless Tanjore paintings for decades.

The making process begins with preparing the wooden board or canvas. The size of the board depends upon the choice of the patron. The next step is to paste cardboard over the wooden board and then a cotton fabric is stretched and pasted upon it using Arabic gum.

Tanjore Painting Wooden Base

Now that the cloth is attached to the wooden panel, a rough sketch of the motifs and figure is drawn onto the fabric. After this, a paste of chalk powder and water-soluble adhesive is evenly applied over the base and smoothed.

Sketching of Tanjore Painting

Thereafter, the outlines which were made or traced using a stencil are now ready to be beautified and decked with various add-ons. The usual materials for decoration are cut-glass, pearls, semi-precious and precious gems, gold leaf, and laces. 22 or 18 Karat Gold leaves and gems of varied hues are especially inlaid in areas like pillars, arches, walls, thrones, and dresses.

Gold Inlay work on painting

In the final step, the rest of the painting is filled with rich and striking colors such as shades of red, blue, and green. Formerly, the artists used natural colors like vegetable and mineral dyes instead of chemical paints. The entire painting is then cleaned and refined to give a flawless finished look.

Since the making of a single piece of Tanjore painting requires a complex and elaborate process, the artists usually take at least one or two months to complete it. The use of pure gold foil and gems for beautification is a characteristic of an authentic Tanjore painting. Due to this, Tanjore paintings last for generations without getting tarnished and are much more expensive than general paintings. Though the art form has undergone various changes and technique modifications over the years, it continues to attract the hearts of art lovers.

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