Indigenous Indian Paintings you should know about

Indian Paintings


A good home makeover makes everyone happy and positive. This is the reason why people focus so much on decorating their living rooms and bedrooms. Apart from good vibrations, great home décor enhances the look of interior greatly. Paintings are one of the evergreen home décor artifacts that always make up for an authentic interior look. Today, we will share some of the indigenouspaintings that you should be aware of. This will allow you pick the best type of artwork according to you interior, personal taste, and liking.

1. Madhubani Paintings

Having its origin from the Indian states Bihar and Nepal, Madhubani painting is one of the exquisite indigenous art. It is said that this art form exists from 7th century from the time of Ramayana. This unique art form is usually done for newlyweds in their nuptial chambers. Layered with cow dung and mud, the Madhubani paintings usually depict lotus, birds, snakes, and fishes together to show fertility. Similar to most Indian art forms, Mithila or Madhubani art is also inspired from environment and religious motifs. Talking about the main aspects, the paintings are usually stories of Lord Rama, Krishna, Shiva along with Sun, moon, and plants like Tulsi.

2. Gond Paintings

Another gem in indigenous paintings in India is Gond painting. This specific art form is done by the largest tribal community in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha i.e. GONDS. It is believed that Gondsused to beautify their homes with Gond artwork that shows native fauna and flora along with dieties like Goddess Kali. Traditionally, Gond artwork was done on special Indian occasions like Diwali, Nag Panchami, Karva Chauth, and Ashtami. The whole beauty of Gond painting lies in its unique formation of colors and patterns. Dots and lines are used as Basic concept to bring any painting to life.

3. Kalighat Paintings

Came from the Indian state of Bengal, Kalighat painting is famous from 19th century. These paintings are one of the most seen art pieces in the Kolkata’s Kalighat Kali Temple. The images of goddesses and gods along with tales from Tulsidas’ epic Ram Charitra Manas were accentuated on patas or cloth. The artists who are expert in creating Kalighat painting were famous as Patuas who used to convey the stories behind their artwork during religious gatherings in and around their villages. The simplicity of these paintings is worth appreciation.

4. Indian Miniature Paintings

As the name says, Indian Miniature Paintings are done in very small size or miniature form. There are several types of Indian Miniature arts, including Pahari painting, Mughal painting, Rajasthani painting, and Deccani artwork. The famous scenes from the dedicated periods of Mughal and Rajput were painted on the canvas. Speaking about the famous miniature painting, Kangra style from Pahari paintings is the most viral one in the ancient times. Even today, it’s very popular. The intricate and extraordinarily beautiful Kangra paintings are all about Radha and Krishna.

5. Kalamkari Painting

Kalamkari painting is another Indian traditional painting that is loved by people from the ancient time and even today! Famous from the 17th century in Andhra Pradesh, this art style boasts soothing earthy tones along with intricate designs. As the name says, Kalam means pen and Kari means art, it is a pen artwork that is a kind of hand painting. They are available in two varieties- Srikalahasti and Machilipatnam. The Srikhalahasti is a freehand form of drawing whereas Machilipatnam is a block painting. Both of them are beautiful on their own.


These are some of the indigenous Indian art styles that you should know about. So, if you love art and paintings, and want to induce traditional vibes to your space, these paintings are simply awesome! They will keep you attached to your nature, religion, and culture of India.

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