Guru Ji Vandana Rajan is a traditional Folk Art artist. She developed her inspiration and acquired a famous art form from her own experience over the ages.
Guruji’s art journey commenced at the age of 12 from her homefront and never looked back after that. She pursued her graduation and post-graduation from Benaras Hindu University- One of the topmost universities in India.
Guruji Vandana has been creating beautiful paintings for 25 years and has done marvelous work in inspiring the young generation by taking intensive classes and workshops. She is also been exhibiting her various art forms and paintings through many exhibitions.
Guruji Vandana Rajan has created this ”VR03 Nirmal Painting for Beginners – Maa Durga” for everyone who is above 12yrs of age. A learner could learn this creative yet traditional artform at their own pace. The entire course is framed especially keeping the budding artist in mind who can learn and acquire this basic skill.
Nirmal Paintings depict the traditional art scenes related to the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. These paintings were influenced by the Indian Schools of Art like Kangra, Ajanta as well as Mughal miniatures. The evolution of the Nirmal art and craft is also traced back to the old era of the Kakatiya dynasty. The Mughal rulers were so enraptured by the Nirmal paintings, that they patronized this art greatly. It is said that once the Nizam of Hyderabad was accorded a grand welcome when he visited Nirmal.
The artisans decorated the venue and the seat of the Nizam in a grand manner with an intricately designed banana bud believed to have been suspended over the Nizam’s seat. This was unfurled while there was a cascade of golden petals showered on him. This led to the Nizam patronizing the artisans, impressed by their skill. In the 1950s, Lady Hyder brought the artisans to Hyderabad and promoted this craft, under the Cottage Industries division in the Nizam’s government. Over the last few decades, Nirmal work has been evolving in order to cater to new demands from the customers. There has been a transition from the painters of the epics to painting motifs in the old Indian school style.
The Moghul miniatures are also crafted on soft white wood, called Puniki and these are eventually painted. The paintings make use of organic colors produced naturally from the extracts of herbs, vegetable dye, gum, minerals, etc.
There are paintings done even on the door, wall decoration, etc. The paintings are gifted as souvenirs and are considered proud possessions by lovers of art and art collectors. Painters and artists from all over India visit Nirmal to not only buy these masterpieces but also research the methodology in which the paintings are done, right from preparation of the canvass to the extraction of organic colors and style of painting.
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