Welcome to the beautiful world of traditional
and modern Indian Art. Raji Arts & Crafts
bring to life exquisite art works by integrating contemporary
design with evergreen classical styles. Here is a site to view
& shop for some of our finest Tanjore paintings in which
only 22 carat gold leaves are used.
Tanjore (or Thanjavur or Thanjavoor)
paintings have a very rich heritage. This style of
painting has been followed widely by the people in Southern
Tamil Nadu for the past two centuries. The art flourished in
Tanjavoor, pronounced Tanjore, the capital city of the Chola
dynasty, and thus got its name. Maratha princes, Nayaks of Vijaynagar
dynasty, Rajus communities of Tanjore and Trichi and Naidus
of Madurai patronized the art of Tanjore painting from 16 to
18th centuries. Tanjore paintings are deeply rooted in tradition
and still innovative within limits. This art is sacred and dedicated.
The paintings are notable for their adornment in the form of semi-precious stones, pearls, glass pieces and gold. The rich vibrant colors, dashes of gold, semi-precious stones and fine artistic work are characteristics of these paintings. They add beauty and culture to a variety of surroundings and décor. The paintings are mostly of Gods and Goddesses because this art of painting flourished at a time when fine-looking and striking temples were being constructed by rulers of several dynasties. The figures in these paintings are large and the faces are round and divine.
Tracing its roots to the historical golden era of the early 18th century, Tanjore artwork is one of the many indigenous art forms for which India is noted. Originating in Tanjore about 300 kms from Chennai( Madras), which was the then capital of the Gupta empire, this form of art developed at the height of cultural evolvement achieved during that period.
Crafted with meticulous care the Thanjavoor (Tanjore) pictures are unique. What sets them apart from Indian paintings in general are the embellishments made over the basic drawings with precious and semi-precious stones as well as the relief work which gives them a three dimensional effect. The pictures are of various sizes, ranging from huge works spanning whole walls to small miniatures no longer than 6-inch square.
The paintings decorate the puja rooms in residences, orcades in major hotels and lobbies in Corporate Offices. They also make nice gifts for Diwali, Weddings and other special occasions.