Tanjore painting is an important form of classical South Indian painting native to the town of Thanjavur (anglicized as Tanjore) in Tamil Nadu, India. The art form dates back to about 1600 AD, a period when the Nayakas of Tanjavur encouraged art—chiefly, classical dance and music—as well as literature, both in Telugu and Tamil. Tanjore paintings are known for their surface richness, vivid colors and compact composition. Essentially serving as devotional icons, the themes of most of these paintings are Hindu gods and goddesses, as well as saints. Episodes from Hindu tradition are drawn upon as elaborations of the main figure or figures placed in the central section of the picture. Tanjore paintings are panel paintings done on solid wood planks, and hence referred to as palagai padam (palagai = “wooden plank”; padam = “picture”) in local parlance. In modern times, these paintings have become souvenirs of festive occasions in South India, pieces to decorate walls, and collectors’ items for art lovers.
Myself and lokesh went to buy thanjavur painting .. surprisingly we met Mr.Arumugam age (60) . who is painting for more then 50+ years and its a family business. currently he is owing a shop/gallery in mela veedi (near KHS school ground gate) also I have attached his visiting card. We spend almost 1 hour with him. he shared his experience, history and other stuff.
if any one interested to buy namba oooru painting please call him. we bought it almost 50% half rate then other shops(near palace shops).