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Uttarakhand Art & Craft

Arts and Crafts of Uttaranchal – Cultural Representation of Uttaranchal



The popular art and Crafts of Uttaranchal are similar to those typically found in hilly areas. The peace and serenity of Uttaranchal has led to the development of paintings and other important arts. Stone and wood carvings also emerged as a famous art form in Uttaranchal. Take up cultural tours of Uttaranchal and see the various forms of arts and Crafts that have been practiced in the various parts of the state, since ages.

The painting of Garhwal region are famous for their Mughal influence. To see some of the most exquisite Mughta paintings, one should go to University Museum in Srinagar in Uttaranchal. The paintings of Uttaranchal have a sense of freshness and diversity about them. The women folk of Kumaon also practice a different kind of painting called Aipan. In this form of painting, geometrical figures of Gods, Goddess and objects are painted on the walls, paper and pieces of clothes. Another form of wall painting is Peeth, which is one of the oldest of all the form of art practiced in Uttaranchal. Extensive use of geometric shapes are incorporated in these paintings as well.

The northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is also an excellent hub to witness some of the finest items of art and craft. The variety of these items is a testimony to the state's rich cultural traditions. While on a tour to the cities and towns of Uttarakhand, you can also plan to have a peek into the exemplary craftsmanship, which one of the key features of the state. By exploring these art and craft items, you'll be able to experience the artistic inclination of the people of the state.



Though the state features a wide range of artistic activities, one craft that is most popular is wood carving. Of course, the beautiful sceneries of Uttarakhand have the power to stir the artist in almost everyone. Some of the great examples of wood carvings can be seen in the temples and palaces of Uttarakhand. Apart from wood carvings, other key forms of craft in the state include painting, jewelry making, candle making etc.

The state of Uttarakhand has a rich tradition of various arts and crafts like painting, wood carving, jewelry making, candle making, decorative temples and of course performing arts like music and dance. Their inspiration was obviously the lush green surroundings, the turquoise sky and the snow filled mountains which could make anyone poetic. The tranquil environs form a base for a treasure-house of artistically inclined people.

The most prominent craft of Uttaranchal is wood carving. Every Garhwali home, let alone the palaces, has an intricately carved wooden entrance door. Talking of palaces, the most notable wood-carved architectural wonders are the Chandpur Fort, Temple of Srinagar (Garhwal), Pandukeshwar (near Badrinath), Devi Madin (near Joshimath), and Devalgarh Temple. The next in line are the fine-arts including the Miniature Paintings and Aipan & Peeth.

The miniature paintings have Mughal influence but Uttaranchal has its own school/style of painting called the Garhwal School of Painting (offshoot of the Pahari School). Aipan and Peeth however are folk forms art made generally in homes and practiced usually by women. Both use a lot of geometric patterns, ‘Geru’ and rice paste. One can buy traditional Uttarakhand ornaments made from gold, silver, copper, beads, semi-precious stones and lacquer from various jewelry shops across the state. Aipan

Rangoli, a traditional Indian art displayed in front of the house, makes up a sacred and age-old practice. Aipan is one of the conventional forms of rangoli, mainly practiced in the state of Uttarakhand. The art has cultural as well as religious implication in the life of the Kumanois.

Murals

The fine arts of Uttaranchal are decidedly geometric with a natural grace and simplified complexity. One will find almost every home and place of worship decorated with some kind of mural done either as a proper wall painting or in the form of Aipan and Peeth.

Paintings

Uttarakhand is interspersed with lush green trees, towering mountains and a clear blue sky. These things are enough to make someone a poet or an artist. This is just a fraction of the beauty of the hilly territory. Uttaranchal or specifically, Garhwal is home to one of the most beautiful and defining ‘Gharanas’ of miniature paintings known as the Garhwal School of Painting. -

Temple Architecture

Temple architecture in any part of India has always been patronized by the kings and people ruling there as a way to leave an imprint on the pages of history. The rulers of yesteryears built some of the intricately carved and exquisite places of worship.

Wood Carving – Making Itself Known in Uttaranchal

The people of Uttaranchal are very creative in nature and the fact testifies itself in the beautiful temples that dot the entire land. The wood carvings of Garhwal and Kumaon are renowned for their simple yet delicate and attractive designs.

Take trips of Uttaranchal to see one of the most intense art of wood being performed live in front of you. The Craftsmen of Uttaranchal have attained great mastery over this art that is performed in almost all the parts of the state. Done mostly, on the temples and the doors of the houses, this local culture embellishes almost all the doors of the house. Locally called as Kholi, the embroidery on the doors mark the social status of a family. The main areas where one can see this art being performed are Dehradun and Nainital. Stone carving is also developing as a famous art in Uttaranchal.

Ornaments to Decorate the Uttaranchal People

An important social and economic trademark of the people of Uttaranchal are the Ornaments, that developed as an important form of art since ages. The traditional artists and goldsmiths of Uttaranchal have created a niche for themselves in making conventionally exquisite ornaments. Done mostly on gold, silver and copper, these ornaments are an important representation of Uttaranchal culture. The Variety of Shopping in Uttaranchal .

The diverse culture as well as geographical variations of Uttaranchal has made it an interesting shopping destination as well. The highland mountains are great places to but woollens, wood crafts and many other items. The religious hubs of Uttaranchal that includes Haridwar and Rishikesh are extremely good for picking up some small souvenirs form the markets held at the banks of Ganges. When in Dehradun, do not forget to pick up the famous Basmati rice which is a specialty of Uttaranchal. There are various government emporiums as well as local markets form where you can but anything you desire.

The Handicraft World of Uttaranchal

One of the most important facet of Uttaranchal, is the beautiful arts and Crafts of the state that has earned huge recognition all around the world. Be it paintings, wood and Stone carving or the favorite ornaments, Uttaranchal's craft world, offers all.

Embellish Your House With Paintings An ancient form of painting in Uttaranchal includes Mughal influence. Besides, this there are various other forms of painting that are performed on the walls, paper and pieces of cloth. The tranquil climate and environment of Uttaranchal gives the best chance to excavate one's emotions and thoughts – perfect for making paintings.

Look Out for Wood Carving Uttaranchal has a history of carving, be it wood carving or stone carving. An important social and economic benchmark, are the various carvings that can be seen in almost all the doors and windows of houses in Uttaranchal. The best place to see the miniature on stone are the various temple attraction.

Uttaranchal's Ornaments Around your Neck Uttaranchal has a glorious past of ornament making. Traditional goldsmiths and artists of Uttaranchal are famous for their conventional designs and methodology. Look for sliver, gold and copper ornaments that are a huge hit among the tourists.

Cultural Aspects of Uttaranchal Arts & Crafts Take up tours of Uttaranchal to see the various arts and Crafts of the state that have been the embodiments of Uttaranchal's rich historical influences. The famous art and craft of Uttaranchal has a very clear significance on the cultural practices of the state.



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