Galerie Blandine Roques

Kalamkari

Cultural, Exhibition in Montauban
  • KALAMKARI of yesterday and today in collaboration with Catherine Baillaud

  • A traditional pictorial art, the kalamkari is still alive in South India and takes its name from the tool used to draw the patterns on the cotton canvas: the kalam, a slender bamboo stick fitted with a reservoir made of rag. The origin of Kalamkari goes back thousands of years, and its dissemination over the last centuries has had Hinduism and Mughal culture as its main supports. Etymologically it is a craft drawn using a kalam, kari meaning art, or the hand. He survives on the South East...
    A traditional pictorial art, the kalamkari is still alive in South India and takes its name from the tool used to draw the patterns on the cotton canvas: the kalam, a slender bamboo stick fitted with a reservoir made of rag. The origin of Kalamkari goes back thousands of years, and its dissemination over the last centuries has had Hinduism and Mughal culture as its main supports. Etymologically it is a craft drawn using a kalam, kari meaning art, or the hand. He survives on the South East coast of India, in Andhra Pradesh in the city of Srikalahasti, known for its Shaiva pilgrimage. The craftsmen work for a Master whose works they ensure are by definition unique. A virtuoso draughtsman, the Master deals freehand and live on the canvas with the major themes of Hindu mythology, such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
    Freehand drawing requires a long apprenticeship, both technical, artistic and religious: you have to know how to draw “by heart” and know the codes of representation, drawing inspiration from an ancient mythology that permeates daily life. The kalam design outlines the pattern in black or red, which will be filled in with flat areas of color; each kalamkari is a unique piece, traced and colored freehand. It is presented either as a scholarly comic strip, accompanied by commentaries in Telugu, the language of Andhra Pradesh, or in repeated but always unique images: deities, trees of life or scenery laden with birds and flowers.
    OPENING Thursday April 21 from 6 p.m.
  • Spoken languages
    • French
Schedules
Schedules
  • From April 21, 2022 until May 21, 2022
    Opened Everyday