Subject: Kerala Mural Painting
Paint Material: Acrylic colors
Base Material: Canvas Board (unframed)
Size: 12 in. wide X 15.75 in. tall (30.5 cms X 40 cms).
Age: Modern Handmade Art
Country of origin: India
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Add a conversation piece with a festive touch to your decor with this striking Kerala Mural painting featuring Lord Krishna in the tale of Kaliya Mardanam or Krishna destroying the evil serpent.
The story of Krishna, and Kaliya the serpent is very well known. Kaliya, (a serpent), had been occupying the river Yamuna and its banks. It had poisoned the waters of the Yamuna and also dried the forests nearby by the poison airs breathed by it. Krishna jumped into the water to kill the serpent. He was coiled around by Kaliya, the serpent king and he lay at the bottom of the river. But then he soon was reminded of his divine powers and exercising his powers he uncoiled himself from the serpent and danced on the head of the serpent and wanted to kill it. But on imploration from the wives of Kaliya, he left it alone and asked them all to leave the shores of Yamuna. So they left and Yamuna and its shored regained their normal form. This feat is termed as Kaliya Mardanam.
It is a demonstration that a human being has the capacity to defeat any demon, in the outside world or within oneself. Faith is all that is needed.
Rich and intricate, this compact composition is also bright, colorful and breathtakingly beautiful.
This art has been painted by Gowri Murali, a self taught artist of Kerala Murals, from Mumbai, India.
Kerala mural paintings are the frescos depicting mythology and legends, which are drawn on the walls of temples and churches in South India, principally in Kerala. Ancient temples, churches and palaces in Kerala, South India, display an abounding tradition of mural paintings mostly dating back between the 9th to 12th centuries CE when this form of art enjoyed Royal patronage.
Traditional paintings were made on walls but today any surfaces like paper, canvas, cardboard, plywood and terracotta can be used for murals.The human and divine forms are drawn in a stylized form. Elongated eyes, painted lips and finely drawn eyebrows are the characteristics of these paintings.
Kerala Murals are great for any traditional interior decor and at the same time give a touch of ethnicity to contemporary interiors.