Saturday, April 1, 2017

Water lily symbolism

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Water lilies are always used for representing emotions in various cultures. If white water lily is the National flower of Bengladesh, blue water lily presumes the same dignity of Srilanka. These flowers can be seen in ancient paintings that depict their spiritual and aesthetic value.
French impressionist Claude Monnet had painted a lot of water lilies in a series such as ‘the cloud’, ‘the setting sun’ and ‘reflections of clouds in a water lily pond’. All these paintings portray the settings of some objects of nature together with water lilies.
In Indian Tamil poetry, water lilies are the symbols of sunset and seashore. Separation of love in a seaside is also conveyed through a water lily.
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Lily flowers; Calla, Water, Asiatic, Oriental, Turk's Cap, Tiger, Trumpet, Tree pictures and tattoos

Monday, March 20, 2017

Venkatesha Suprabhatam of M.S. Subbulakshmi

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Matthias Bachmann CC-BY via flickr

‘Kousalya supraja rama purva……’
Suprabhatam (the auspicious dawn) is a set of hymns to awake Gods in Sanskrit. The ritual of waking up Gods using verses originates from Tamil Bhakti literature. A melodious rendition of Venkatesha Suprabhatam by the popular Carnatic singer M.S.Subbulakshmi is played daily in Tirupati to awake Sri Venkatesha.
Though there are plenty of morning chants of several artists prevail, temples and religious homes seek the sonorous voice of this nightingale. She has chanted the verses (Shlokas) with extreme devotion and dedication that is evident throughout.
The different kinds of rhythmic changes in the recital really lights up the morning. Most of the South Indians wake up hearing this divine chant to get a good day of no worries. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Various forms of jewelry adornment

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Women are crazy when it comes to the matter of jewelry adornment. Ancient women started ornamenting themselves with beads, later gradually other forms of jewelry were developed using metals. Kinds of jewelry vary with respect to cultures ; but bangles, necklaces, brooches, earrings and bracelets are common among them. Traditional forms of jewelry such as nose rings, ankle bells and toe rings belong to certain cultures, but not in Western.
Modern kinds of fine jewelry by means of white gold, platinum or silver attract women so much with their artistic beauty. Earlier, man depended on goldsmith for cutting and molding the metal into the desired ornament. Later machine cut became prevalent that made jewelry more attractive with its versatile designs.
Further, corals, gemstones, emerald, jade, sapphire, ruby, diamonds and other precious stones were induced in metal jewelry. They are very expensive as craftsmanship plus stone value makes most of the cost.
Contemporary jewelry is what women are interested in. They come in trendy designs with varying costs to choose from. Beaded or plain necklaces, amber pendants and bracelets are some of the jewelry that women never fizzle to adorn themselves during special occasions.

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Artificial Flowers of Thread Garden in Ooty, Tamil Nadu - India

Friday, March 10, 2017

Sandsational Madhubani Painting Kit for kids

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Kids who have interest in painting are the target of this Sandsational Madhubani Painting Kit. But this kit doesn’t require any painting skills; just gluing the sand with the adhesive that comes along-with it. Different Madhubani templates are provided that kids have to decorate using colored sands.
Madhubani painting is tedious and time-consuming for kids. To get them involved with this form of art, the kit has been introduced in the market with a vision of encouraging the cultural heritage of India.
Madhubani painting originated in Mithila in the state of Bihar. This mural art that was confined to villages later got exposed widely and got painted in papers and artifacts thus turning into an occupation.

Read this hub on this art here....Indian folk art of Madhubani painting

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wall hanging of Madhubani painting for kids

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This template of Madhubani painting is designed by me following the attributes characterizing this folk art. Peacock is the main motif as kids love to draw and craft such a lovely bird. Flowers and leaflets flank this peacock that is sitting on a small branch. My kid interested in making crafts liked it and finished crafting it using decorative materials.
Golden threads and lace, pearls, stones, artificial leaves and embroidery woolen threads comprise this wall hanging of Madhubani art. Threads have to be cut first to fit the required length of the design. Then the materials are glued to the template to finish.
Do you like this wall hanging? 
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Indian folk art of Madhubani painting

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Madhubani painting folk art

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Madhubani, meaning forests of honey is a small village in Mithila in the state of Bihar in India. This village is famous for its folk paintings put on the mud walls and courtyards of each and every home.
It is believed that King Janaka of Mithila asked the women of his kingdom to decorate their homes with paintings on the auspicious occasion of the marriage of his daughter Sita with Sri Rama. This resulted in Madhubani painting art form in the form of murals using pigments from natural sources. Madhubani village is the central place where these paintings are in profuse.
This painting then became a part of the cultural traditions of the women folk. They taught this painting to their daughters and granddaughters for painting their homes during special occasions especially, nuptials. The art focuses on a particular theme that can be images of Gods and Goddesses, nature and others from tribal art world.
This rich and vibrant feminine folk art has certain attributes present in it. A double line border, bold colors, intricate filling patterns and abstract figures identify Madhubani art.

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Indian folk art of Madhubani painting 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Vibrant waterfalls of Munnar, Kerala

Lakkom falls Image credit: By Alosh Bennett
  CC-BY via flickr
Munnar, the Haven on earth is a lustrous natural spot of lush green forests fringed with hills and changing hues of the firmament. Besides, vibrant, milky waterfalls scattered in and around embellish this natural beauty of Kerala, god’s own country.  These waterfalls are wild water streams tumbling in deep forests where one can lie in the hands of pristine nature away from the man made world.
Let’s have a look at some of them.
  1. Lakkom waterfall: At about 30km from Munnar, this milky waterfall flows from a smaller height in Eravikulam stream.
  2. Nyayamakadu waterfall: This wild grandeur outpours from a higher elevation of rocks on the way to Rajamala at about 10km from Munnar.
  3. Pallivasal waterfall: This shower is situated near Sitadevi Lake in Devikulam at about 8km from Munnar.
  4. Attukal waterfall: On the way to Pallivasal, this roaring glamour of nature becomes visible.
  5. Chinnakanal waterfall: Situated in Chinnakanal Village, this nature’s shower is said to have its origins from the nearby hill station Devikulam.
  6. Kuthumkal waterfall: Near Rajakkad, this untamed mountain stream meanders through a long way over the rocks before falling down.

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