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I am collecting Indian Heritage and culture related vintage postcards, paintings, prints etc. and exhibited them at several locations across India in various events and also sharing them with school and college children by giving presentations to them on Indian Heritage and Culture with my collections and also documenting puppetry etc. intangible performances.

Sunday 7 July 2013

Beautiful Kalamkari Painting Images

Kalamkari (Telugu: కలంకారి) or Qalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block- printed cotton textile, produced in parts of India. The word is derived from the Persian words kalam (pen) and kari (craftsmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.
The Machilipatnam Kalamkari craft made at Pedana near by Machilipatnam in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh State, evolved with patronage of the Mughals and the Golconda Sultanate.
There are two distinctive styles of kalamkari art in India - one, the Srikalahasti style and the other, the Machilipatnam style of art. The Srikalahasti style of Kalamkari, wherein the "kalam" or pen is used for free hand drawing of the subject and filling in the colours, is entirely hand worked. This style flowered around temples and their patronage and so had an almost religious identity - scrolls, temple hangings, chariot banners and the like, depicted deities and scenes taken from the great Hindu epics - Ramayana, Mahabarata, Purnaas and the mythological classics. This style owes its present status to Smt. Kamaladevi Chattopadhayay who popularised the art as the first Chairperson of the All India Handicrafts Board. Only natural dyes are used in Kalamkari and it involves seventeen painstaking steps.

The above text courtesy on Kalamkari paintings from the website of Wikipedia.org.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalamkari

Recently i received a book on Kalamkari alongwith some greeting cards on Kalamkari from Mr.Srinivas Krothapally of Chroma Academy as a gift. 

Srinivas sir thank you very much for sending me a copy of your book and greeting cards as a gift and also many thanks for sharing your beautiful kalamkari images to me and giving permission for sharing them in my Heritage of India blog.

The Chroma Academy http://www.thechromaacademy.com/ began its activities in the year 2000 with the aim of being a nodal centre for promotion, development and training of motivated individuals who are keen to sustain and enrich our heritage. It is a place where one gains knowledge of basic skills in drawing old and modern methods of painting, whether drawing, sketching or painting. One can also pick up modern, traditional and abstract paintings and interact gainfully in modern trends. The ChromaAcademy is also a place of social interaction with like minded thinkers.

These are some beautiful Kalamkari images of Mr.Srinivas Krothapally of Chroma Academy,Chennai.

Please look into these beautiful kalamkari images as each of these image represent and share the rich art and cultural heritage of Kalamkari traditional designs and patterns.Further these beautiful images also explain the history of our Epics and Puranas which people need them in the current generation.


  1. I was checking your postcard series..this is too good.

  2. Very beautiful Kalamkari paintings.

    In your blog you are trying to share and explore the paintings of several parts of India including their history, origins with some relevant postcards etc. material.

    In future generations your blog will be useful as a reference guide for Indian Heritage and Culture.

    With Best Wishes

  3. You are exploring and sharing several art forms and different schools of Indian paintings in your treasure blog. Good luck in your efforts.

  4. Lovely Kalamkari pictures. Thanks for sharing

  5. The Indian paintings of various states of India have diversified artifacts which are bought to light to the common man.These simple black line drawing reverberate the heart We all appreciate you Mr. Srinivas for your efforts in bringing them to us all. MANTHA V SHARMA.

  6. In this post you are describing lot of information about kalamkari painting. These image represent Kalamkari traditional designs and patterns.They also explain the history of our Epics and Puranas which people need them in the current generation.

  7. kalamkari designs are very beautiful and our all related various indian designs are in one blogger is wonder to know about our indian culture

  8. wow! fantastic. It's a great effort and thanks for the designs. If there are people like you this art will never die. Keep up your good work.

  9. Kalamkari is one of the oldest art form of India. It a treasure of Andhra Pradesh.

    Beautiful Kalamkari designs. These are used by artisans at Srikalahasti and Pedana.

  10. Kalamkari painting is most famous art form Andhra Pradesh ! All the designs of kalamkari painting are awesome .... Now a days Kalamkari hand painting done on cotton or silk fabric with a tamarind pen ..... check out exclusive designs of Kalamkari Sarees online ... thanks for sharing :)

  11. Kalamkari sarees are from Andhra Pradesh. A craft that originated over 3000 years ago, kalamkari designs art is full of life. Naturally dyed and exclusively hand painted, the Kalamkari silk sarees and kalamkari cotton sarees are unique and colorful.kalamkari sarees