Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ganjifa Cards

Do you know about the GANJIFA Cards ? Seriously, till recently I had no idea about this art form ,till I stumbled upon a link in Jaypore where they were selling Ganjifa cards as wall art. I was pleasantly surprised ...searched a bit on our friendly Google and found out that they are actually playing cards used in the Mughal Era and are handmade in various art forms in the city of Mysore. Here's what Wikipedia has to say..

Ganjifa cards are circular or rectangular, and traditionally hand-painted by artisans. The game became popular at the Mughal court, and lavish sets were made, from materials such as precious stone-inlaid ivory or tortoise shell (darbar kalam). The game later spread to the general public, whereupon cheaper sets (bazâr kalam) would be made from materials such as woodpalm leaf, stiffened cloth or pasteboard. Typically Ganjifa cards have colored backgrounds, with each suit having a different colour. Different types exist, and the designs, number of suits, and physical size of the cards can vary considerably. The backs of the cards are typically a uniform color, without patterning.

What impressed me was the beautifully paintings so painstakingly made on each card ...depicting various Indian mythological figures and stories..I would say it is a great addition to any art lovers home ..
From what I found can get them at JayporeAmazon and Indiamart to name a few. 

and read more about them here and here 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

SrinathJi and Pichwai

Pichwai ....a spot light on the most beautiful form of Art depicting Lord Krishna, ..Pichwai is practiced in the town of Nathdwara, Rajasthan India. In this form of Art, Lord  Krishan is depicted as SrinathJi, The residing Deity of the temple of NathDwara. The temple of Nathdwara is said to be the second richest temple in India . 
The people of Nathdwara thrive mostly  on everything  which is connected with the temple. So be it the BHOG for the Mandir ( temple) the Puja Samagri or the paintngs depicting the Lord. 

Pichwai includes depicting Krishan either as almighty as he is potrayed in the mandir of Nathdwara, or showing various event of his life ...predominantly his ras leela with gopis and his youth. 

Pichwais are costly and are time taking work of art. But I can say for sure  they are one of the most enchanting pieces of art too. Apart from buying these originals directly from the artists on your visit to the temple , you can buy Pichwais, online too. There are many online sites where you can actually buy Pichwai's in various sizes. 
Mostly you should have a good budget  for the same. Some the places you can look for Pichwais are ..dollsofindia, indiamart, gopalarts,


Gopal Arts

Images : various from the web