The old Mysore paintings displayed on the walls of the Mysore Art Gallery in the city which depict the mythological characters reflect the grandeur of the century-old traditional art.
Bringing out the sublime beauty of the Mysore style of painting is the Exhibition of Art presented by young artists M R Manohar, R Naveen, Latha, Chandrakala Kathyayini, S R Smitha, Lakshmi and K S Smitha. Characterised by the intricate use of colour and relief work, the procedure comprises the basic “gesso” work and use of traditional colours and thin gold foil to embellish the artwork. Some of the more popular subjects depicted in the Mysore style include deities Ganapathi, Krishna, Chamundeshwari, Panchamukhi Anjaneya, Triveni, Anantha Padmanabha, Krishna culled out by Hindu mythology. Besides, the painting of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar in big moustache is indeed `charismatic.’
This is an effort by the young artists from the heritage city to revive Mysuru traditional painting which is on the verge of diminishing. Innovation and patience which is involved in the art has brought laurels to the artists.
THE MYSORE STYLE OF ART
The Mysore style of painting is reckoned to have originated in the 16th century and attained prominence during the regime of Krishnaraja Wadiyar III (1799-1868) and attained full maturity to be categorised as a separate style. The subject matter of the traditional Mysore paintings is invariably gods and goddesses worshipped in the region, such as Ganesha, Krishna, and Chamundeswari. They are painted in great detail with special attention given to facial expressions.
The exhibition, which has been organised by the `Manohara Arts Kala Balaga’ showcasing more than 30 exhibits, will be on display until May 29.
Inaugurating the painting exhibition, District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Dr Y D Rajanna stressed on the need to have knowledge on our tradition and culture among the artists. An artist should have ideas of the contemporary world. “Through their works the artists should throw light upon social issues like hunger, poverty, unemployment, farmers’ suicide and women’s issues. An artist will become closer to people through his art.”