Chittara Painting: Theru Chittara

By | July 14, 2016

Chittara Painting

Introduction: Accidentally I tumbled upon this beautiful folk art from my birth state in India.When I learnt more about the art form I realized the intricate and the amount of patience the Deewaru women put, in creating this Art. I have had a keen interest in knowing the history of different art forms from different parts of India and this interest of mine, made me dig more into Chittara art.

My take on Theru Chittara Painting : It took 4 hours to complete this drawing and I used sharpie fine tip pen for drawing the same.A chariot-like vehicle is used in the temples of Karnataka to take the idols of god and goddess in procession. The birds on the vehicle escort the God/ Goddess in the procession, while the tribal men are pulling the chariot with ropes.

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More information on Chittara Folk Art: Deep in the villages of Hasunvanthe, Honnemaradu and Majina Kaanu (in Shimoga district of South Kanara) in the Western Ghats lives a small tribe, called Deewaru. People of this tribal community have a beautiful art called Chittara, which adorns the walls of their huts. Traditionally Deewaru women painted the mud walls of their huts on special occasions such as weddings, festivals and auspicious days.

The Motifs mostly used in Chittara painting are very geometric and mainly lines. The art forms represent the daily  their village life and various ceremonies, etc. The colors used for painting were traditionally made from natural materials.White was made from rice, red from red mud, black from burnt rice, and yellow from seeds of Gurige tree that grows in the surrounding jungles. Brushes are made of fine jute from fibers of Pundi plant.

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4 thoughts on “Chittara Painting: Theru Chittara

    1. Rashmi Post author

      Thanks Paresh. All these art forms are getting lost. I hope, we get educated and educate our future generations in these Art forms!

  1. Pooja

    Hi it is really nice that you are trying to bring back a dying art form.
    It would be great if you could describe the painting, as to what it represents. Since every painting describes something different about their culture, i have been unable to understand what is what.

    1. Rashmi Post author

      Hi Pooja.Thanks for your interest.I was hoping you have read my post on Teru chittara.In that I have explained about Teru chittara painting.It is a charriot painting.Please lemme know what you don’t understand.Will be glad to help..


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