Exhibition on old Mysore style paintings inaugurated in city

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 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.”


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