5 Art Forms of Uttarakhand
Apart from the abundant scenic landscape, the state of Uttarakhand also has a rich tradition of various art forms like jewellery making, wood carvings, painting, decorative temples and many more. Needless to say, most of the arts of Uttarakhand and the local artists derive inspiration from nature. Whether you are artistically inclined or not, knowing about the rich history and significance of beautiful art forms of Uttarakhand will leave you intrigued and stunned.
Let us look at some of the best art forms of Uttarakhand.
The miniature painting of Uttarakhand is one of the major and important schools of miniature painting in India. It has a rich history, and it dates back to the Mughal era. The Mughal Prince, Sulaiman Sukoh, who was attracted by the natural beauty of the region, came to Uttarakhand during his years of exile to spend time in the laps of the mighty Himalayas. He brought with him his painters who first started miniature painting in the region.
Inspired by the natural beauty of the land, the Prince’s painters created many stunning artworks during the era, which continue to inspire many generations of new artists till date. Over the years, the miniature painting artform in Uttarakhand has evolved significantly and has developed a distinct style. However, the majority of the artworks are still inspired by the beauty of the land.
An indigenous Uttarakhand folk art form, Aipen is one of the traditional forms of Rangoli that is practised everywhere in the state. This art has cultural and religious implications in the life of the Kumano community.
Like the different forms of Rangoli practised in India, Aipen involves drawing various repetitive geometric patterns and motifs. There are no strict rules in terms of composition, and the artists have full freedom to express themselves and follow their instincts in creating different styles and patterns.
Another unique thing about this folk art of Uttarakhand is the material used for making Aipen. Unlike other parts of India, where people use colourful powders for making Rangoli, Aipen is used using finely grounded rice that is made into a paste with water. And, the patterns are made with bare hands, against a dark background.
Nritya means dance and Pandav Nritya is one of the most popular Garhwal dance forms. According to the legends, Pandav Nritya was first performed in Uttarakhand when the legendary Pandvas (the five brothers) from the mythology, Mahabharata ruled Uttarakhand.
The dance has intrinsic connection to the various festivals that the Hindus in the region celebrate and it is widely performed during Dussehra and Diwali, both of which are known to the festivals that celebrate the triumph of the good over the evil.
Wall paintings are a famous art form of Uttarakhand that has been an integral part of the local history and culture since years of anonymity. It is omnipresent in Uttarakhand, and is widely appreciated by the art lovers worldwide because of the aesthetic value and its splendour.
The wall paintings are most prominent in the Kumaon and Garhwal regions, and they have a rich tradition which were not known to the world until recently when the art connoisseurs of the world took note of this brilliant art form and its exquisite finesse.
Uttarakhand is quite famous for its ornaments. Apart from the local silver and gold ornaments, the copper smiths in the region known as Tamtas are known to create some of the most exquisite and stunning copper ornaments. The stunning pieces they create reflect their brilliant craftsmanship.
Best time of Uttarakhand is between October and June. The weather is pleasant during this time and you can enjoy exploring the different parts of the state.
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If you have keen eye for exploring the local art forms and love meeting the local artists, Uttarakhand is a haven. Like the many stunning hill stations in Uttarakhand, the local art and artists have a unique charm about them, which makes the Uttarakhand a favourite destination for many.