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Shekhawati and Warli Painting

India Post issued a set of two stamp and a Sheet let depicting Shekhawati and Warli Paintings.

Shekhawati painting originate from Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, known as the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan .It is popular in the districts of Jhunjhunu, Chiru, and Sikar. They were hugely popular during their era, such was the demand that the skilled artists couldn’t paint fast enough. Even masons tried their hands at the paintings giving them a wonderful naivete and humorous touch. The subject matters of these paintings vary tremendously, from mythological stories and epics such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to the local legends of battles and hunts, nearly all of which has been painted over.

The Warlis carry on a tradition stretching back to 2500 or 3000 BCE. Their mural paintings are similar to those done between 500 and 10,000 BCE in the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, in Madhya Pradesh.

Their extremely rudimentary wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square.Their paintings were monosyllbic. The circle and triangle come from their observation of nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only the square seems to obey a different logic and seems to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land. So the central motive in each ritual painting is the square, known as the “chauk” or “chaukat”, mostly of two types: Devchauk and Lagnachauk.

Inside a Devchauk, we find Palaghata, the mother goddess, symbolizing fertility. Significantly, male gods are unusual among the Warli and are frequently related to spirits which have taken human shape. The central motif in these ritual paintings is surrounded by scenes portraying hunting, fishing and farming, festivals and dances, trees and animals. Human and animal bodies are represented by two triangles joined at the tip; the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. Their precarious equilibrium symbolizes the balance of the universe, and of the couple, and has the practical and amusing advantage of animating the bodies.

Title: Shekhawati and Warli Painting
Date of Issue: 20 June 2012
Country: India
Denominations: 2500p, 500p

Source: www.indiapost.gov.in

One comment

  1. 2500 years of Warli Paintings in the June 2012 issue is fine. To my mind, there is only one painting, of Bodhisatva Padmapani, from the world heritage site of Ajanta. Every year the rains wash away some parts of the paintings, Philately has neither preserved them nor has the Tourism Deptt bothered, even though there was a Public Interest Litigation in the High Court.
    This is where philately can play a stellar role, and preserve the glory of Ajanta art, we philatelists still hope it will.

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