Art is often considered the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations and ways of expression, including music, literature, film, sculpture, and paintings. Indian art is a term used in art history to a group and studies the different artistic expressions created in the historical regions of the Indian subcontinent, including modern-day India, Bangladesh, and areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It covers several art forms, historical periods, and influences. Major Art villages in India are:
Andretta is a unique craft village near Palampur in the State of Himachal Pradesh. Best known for its poetry exhibits and paintings, the village is also considered as a heaven for theatre artist and other creative sources. According to history the village was built by Irish writer and dramatist Nora Richard's in the late 1920s and has attracted artists, sculptures, and potters from across the world since then. The modern Andretta artist villages immensely famous for its Norah's Centre for Arts, Andretta pottery and craft society, Norah's mud house and Sir Sobha Singh art gallery. It also offers pottery making classes to students was serious about art.
The Cholamandal artist's village is the largest artists commune in India, situated in injambakkam, Chennai. Established in 1966, it is the country's largest self -supporting art village that primarily showcases contemporary art. There are over 20 resident painters and sculptors who live as a community and pool their skills. One of the biggest attractions of the village is the permanent exhibition of paintings, sketches, Terracotta, stone, metal sculptures, batiks, and handicraft. In addition, the village has an open-air theatre to stage performing arts, poetry reading sessions and dances recitals.
The Heritage crafts village of Raghurajpur in Puri, Odisha, issue famous for multiple reasons, the most important one being Pattachitra paintings. The villages phone today's traditional, cloth-based scroll paintings that mostly depict the stories from Hindu deities. There are as well other crafts created and promoted in the village, like plan leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, tussar paintings, etc. In addition, the village is popular for its Gotipua dance troupes. The traditional dance form is believed to be the precursor of Odissi classical dance. Interestingly, Raghurajpur happens to be the birthplace of Kelucharan Mohapatra, the renowned exponent of Odissi dance form.
With all its ancient artistic charm, Bishnupur of Bankura district in West Bengal is yet another place in the country that inspires art lovers. The place which flourished as the capital of Malla Kings from the 16th to the early 19th centuries is now best known for its bankurar terracotta horses and medieval temples. It is also famous for its weavers who draw inspiration from Temple designs to create delicate Baluchari silk sarees. In addition, the town also has artisans who craft intricate Dhokra metal work and conch Shell bangles worn by Bengali brides.
Situated near Udaipur, Shilpagram is an ideal place for art lovers that functions to preserve and promote rural arts and crafts of Rajasthan. Terracotta products, textiles, wooden and metal items, handicrafts and other decorative objects are among the popular exhibits in this rural arts and craft complex. The Shilpgram festival which takes place every December offers Grand spectacle of multicultural events. It is attended by some of the best folk artists and dancers and serves as a platform for potters, artisans, visual artists, and for the entire cottage industry of Rajasthan. It also organizes workshops on arts, crafts, music, and theatre to spread awareness of rural life and crafts.
GANDHARVAPUR ARTISTS VILLAGE:
Gandharvapur Artists village of Saputara is an art connoisseur's Paradise. This special destination in Gujarat is the right place to admire and buy tribal artifacts made by natives who are well-trained in rural arts and crafts. The village also creates a platform for the artist from other places to exhibit their work. Art camps organized for students as well.
Bhoodan Pochampally of Telangana is a well-known weaving village famous for its Ikat sarees.
It is believed that the process of ikat dyeing and weaving continuous to occur at homes in the village and is practiced by almost all members of the family, having been taught to each new generation. Traditional pit loom weaving method is used to make an ikat sarees. Exquisite, intricate designs are painstakingly woven on these cotton or silk sarees. Another specialty is that the warp and weft are tie-dyed before weaving. It takes almost four days to finish a single ikat saree. The padmashali and devanga communities of pochampally are expert ikat weavers. In addition to its unique products, Bhoodan pochampally is also famous for being the launchpad of Acharya Vinoba Bhave bhoodan movement, hence the name.
Sualkuchi village often referred to as the Manchester of Assam, is situated around 35 kilometers away from Guwahati. It is one of the largest weaving villages in the world. Most of the villagers here are weavers engaged in weaving exquisite silk fabrics. In fact, the idyllic village is heaven for fabrics ranging from exclusively-produced Muga to the Ivory white pat and warm Eri silk.
Kuchipudi is a shortened form of Kuchelapuram or Kuchipudi, a village in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. Ask it suggests, the village is most noted for its relationship with the classical dance form of the same name. It is said that almost all families here have performers of Kuchipudi. The village is also known for the Siddhendra Yogi Kala Peetham, the famous dance institute founded after the eminent scholar and artist Siddhendra Yogi.