Calendar 2004: Rich traditions of the past – Building blocks for the future

Posted In:    NC Calendars    2004   

The art treasures of India are among the finest in the world. They include 4,000-year old statuettes with lifelike vitality, fine paintings, temples carved into solid rock with elaborately sculptured pillars, graceful mosques, palaces and tombs ornamented with delicate decorative work.

The variety of Indian art forms is endless, the canvas limitless. Every state in India boasts of an exclusivity and speciality, depending upon the historical influences that prevailed upon the region, traditional skills, and the locally available raw materials.

The art forms vary from Kalamkari, an art developed by the people in the south eastern part of India, along the Coromandel coast, to Patachitra in Orissa, the Warli art form of tribal people of Maharashtra, Tanjore paintings of southern India, Batik of West Bengal, Chittara from the village artists of Karnataka, and so on.

Tribal art tradition is very strong in India, with tribes of different regions having unique arts and crafts. Wood carving, mask painting, mural painting, embroidery, weaving, etc., are some of the numerous indigenous forms of art and craft that exist in India.

It is said that the art and craft traditions of a people indicate the level of development of their society. Art is but a visual exposition of the material and spiritual life of a given society. These art forms in India have survived the ravages of time and still stand in glorious splendour appreciated by people throughout the world. They are testimony to the enduring values of harmony between human beings and nature, and the concern for the well-being of all in society.

This year’s calendar attempts to capture the various art forms of the Indian panorama while communicating the far-sighted vision of the people who gave birth to these art forms.

We dedicate this year’s calendar to all the artists and creators of these art forms, who have left behind such a rich legacy for future societies to inherit.