What are the traditional arts of India?

There is no single style of traditional Indian art, but instead many various art forms originating in different regions, each offering a special way to celebrate Indian heritage.


How many types of art are there in India?

There are dozens of traditional folk and tribal arts in India, passed down within families from one generation to the next for centuries. Some of the most prominent forms of traditional Indian art — which is sometimes referred to as folk art or tribal Indian art — are Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh, Madhubani (Mithila) from Bihar, Gond from Madhya Pradesh, Pattachitra from Orissa, Phad from Rajasthan and Warli from Maharashtra.

Is traditional Indian art still widely practiced?

Unfortunately, as the world modernizes, it becomes increasingly difficult for tribal artisans to make a living from their craft alone, and many ancient forms of Indian art are at risk of disappearing altogether. Indian folk artists need support from collectors around the world in order to continue their customs, and that’s exactly why traditional Indian art is an important aspect of Laasya Art’s collection.

What is Kalamkari art?

Kalamkari is a traditional Indian art form of hand-painting or block-printing on cloth and derives its name from the word ‘kalam,’ which means pen or brush. Originating from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Kalamkari painting was first practiced to decorate temple chariots and backgrounds for the idols of Gods.

What are the different styles of Kalamkari art?

There are two types of Kalamkari painting: Srikalahasti, which is the freehand drawing style, and Machilipatnam, which is the block-printing technique.

What is Madhubani art?

Madhubani art — also known as Mithila art — is a traditional Indian art form noted for its use of local plants for colors, cow dung to treat the paper and bamboo sticks that serve as brushes, not to mention the beauty and simplicity of the paintings themselves.

Are Madhubani and Mithila the same?

Yes, these are two names for the same art form — Madhubani painting is also known as Mithila because it originated from a region named Mithila, in Bihar, India.