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Jocelyn's Thanjavur Paintings
Jocelyn of Silence, originally from USA, has lived in Auroville
since 1969, where she animates the Janaka Art Studio in ‘Ravena’, one of the
settlements in Auroville’s Greenbelt, which is focusing on traditional Thanjavur
Visit the Page
of the Janaka Art Studio
on the Auroville Website.
From a letter Jocelyn wrote to me, answering my questions:
You can write directly to Jocelyn
"Thanjavur - is the cultural capital of South India - the site of a great
temple with a wall that is a half a kilometer long that was entirely covered with
paintings depicting the Shiva Puranas and the ancient mystical lore of South India
. About five hundred years ago a great king came from the North, and brought his
artists and gods with him, including Krishna.
In Thanjavur the two great traditions of Shiva and Vishnu became the legend of
its art. Thanjavur art has only been done on boards for the past two centuries,
until then it was only to be seen in temples and palaces. The tradition now is
known for its embossed paintings with gems and gold, using the traditional colors
made from vegetable and plant pigment mixed with tree gum. The paintings and not
chemical, not toxic, and are very radiant.
We are the first art studio to experiment with painting Mother and Sri Aurobindo
in this medium. we have been working with Master Ganeson from Thanjavur for
several years - and are having a very fascinating time with him exploring sacred
art using this technique."
Additional information from the Web (External sites):
- Short story of the
city of Thanjavur (former called Tanjore) in Tamil-Nadu.
- Good explanation
of Thanjavur art on the site of the artist Mythili Ganesh.
- History and
making of Tanjore Painting on the site of the artist Banu Krishnan.
good article on Thanjavur and Thanjavur paintings, also in a modern way by
the artist Vidya Sridharan.
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