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Tanjore (a.k.a. Tanjavur) traditional paintings are a very important form of classical Indian school of paintings, finding their origins in the prosperous Chola period of 9th century A.D. The characteristic of Tanjore paintings if the multi-layered process by the the artist creates the paintings, as also the distinctly South Indian accent attributed to the paintings. 

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Goddess Saraswati in a Tanjore style painting
Goddess Saraswati

The theme of most Tanjore paintings are Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The following examples illustrate the elegance, rich color, and distinct Deccan flavor of fine arts.

Goddess Saraswati in a Tanjore style painting

Tanjore School of Painting -  Deity Saraswati
Tanjore Style Paintings
Lord Shiva Performing His Cosmic Dance

Tanjore School of Painting


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