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Cheriyal Scroll Painting

    The Art

    The good old days when Amma would pick up a book and read out a story till we went off to sleep.. Brings back brilliant memories no?

    The village of Cherial in the Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh, has been doing something similar, but much more brilliant, for the last 400 years!

    Cherial scroll paintings are believed to have been brought to India by the Mughals in the 16th century, in Rajasthan. The Kaki Padagollu community, being the story-telling community soon picked up this style of painting and added dance and music, to make the art vibrant to not only the eyes, but also the ears. It is believed that the present generation Nakash clan was handpicked by the rulers for their delicate artistry, continuing even now!

    The paintings in the form of scrolls are narrative in nature, and roll down as the particular part is narrated. The scrolls of the olden days were usually 3 feet in width and the length depended on the size of the story. Floral borders to separate different panels, trees or buildings to put across linear narratives, traditional scrolls were in vertical formats, illustrating stories in horizontal formats. Khadi cotton is treated with rice starch, suddha matti (white mud), boiled tamarind seeds and gum water, drying after every application. Squirrel hair put together on a stick is used as a brush, not something one gets to see everyday! Natural colors are used to paint these beautiful pieces depicting Ancient Indian Mythology, Literature, folk traditions, and even day-to-day, simple rural life.

     

    Cheriyal Scroll Painting

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