India Post Issued Stamps on Wall Paintings

\"\"\"\"By Anurag

India Post  today released a set of 2 stamps and a sheetlet of 16 stamps on Warli paintings and Shekhawati paintings.Warlis carry on a tradition stretching back to 2500 or 3000 BCE. Their extremely\"\" rudimentary wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary: a circle, a triangle and a square. The circle and triangle come from their observation of nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only the square seems to obey a different logic and seems to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land. So the central motive in each ritual painting is the square, known as the \”chauk\” or \”chaukat\”, mostly of two types: Devchauk and Lagnachauk. Inside a Devchauk, we find palghata, the mother goddess, symbolizing fertility. Significantly, male gods are unusual among the Warli and are frequently related to spirits which have taken human shape. The central motif in these ritual paintings is surrounded by scenes portraying hunting, fishing and farming, festivals and dances, trees and animals. Human and animal bodies are represented by two triangles joined at the tip; the upper triangle depicts the trunk and the lower triangle the pelvis. Their precarious equilibrium symbolizes the balance of the universe, and of the couple, and has the practical and amusing advantage of animating the bodies.

The ritual paintings are usually done inside the huts. The walls are made of a mixture of branches, earth and cow dung, making a red ochre  background for the wall paintings. The Warli use only white for their paintings. Their white pigment is a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding. They use a bamboo stick chewed at the end to make it as supple as a paintbrush. The wall paintings are done only for special occasions such as weddings or harvests. The lack of regular artistic activity explains the very crude style of their paintings, which were the preserve of the womenfolk until the late 1970s.

\"\"The havelis of Shekhawati Rajasthan are known the world over for their wall paintings. The themes of these frescoes depict gods, kings, flowers, arabesques and scenes from daily life. The Shekhawati paintings also depict Europeans, as can be identified by their hats in a sea of turbans, in scenes of infantry in opposite sides.The technique of Fresco painting in Shekhawati was neither primitive nor unique to the area. Instead it resembles closely the Italian Fresco technique developed around the 14th century. In Shekhawati, the fresco painters were called Chiteras and belonged to the caste of Kumhars (Potters). They were also called Chejaras (masons), since they performed both the functions of painting as well as of constructing the buildings.Initially only natural pigments were used for colour e.g. Kajal (Lamp black), Safeda (Lime) for white, Neel (indigo) for blue, Geru (red stone) for red, kesar (saffron) for orange and pevri (yellow clay) for yellow ochre. Later on, chemical pigments and synthetic dyes from Germany and England were also introduced. The Chhatris at Narhad (built in 1508 AD) and Jhunjhunu (built by Hansa Ram 1680-82) are fine specimens of this form of painting.

FDC ,MS and Brochure was not available today at most of the philatelic bureaues in India.

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9 Responses to India Post Issued Stamps on Wall Paintings

  1. Dinu says:

    No, no!!! not released.
    Please note what is shown in India post website is not always followed by them.

    Hannthi ke dant ek dikhane ke liye aur ek khane ke liye … 🙂

  2. R.K.MISHRA,LALA says:

    In Shekhawati, the painters were called Chiteras (KUMHAR) Only natural pigments were used for colour e.g. Kajal (Lamp black), Safeda (Lime) for white, Neel (indigo) for blue, Geru (red stone) for red, kesar (saffron) for orange and pevri (yellow clay) for yellow ochre.The Chhatris at Narhad (built in 1508 AD) and Jhunjhunu (built by Hansa Ram 1680-82) are fine specimens of this form of painting. India Post will today release a set of 2 stamps on Warli paintings and Shekhawati paintings

  3. N.A. Mirza says:

    A fine piece of details on the commemorative. It becomes more valuable in the absence of not yet issued released. So it is a blessing in disguise that the stamps and the miniature sheets are not yet released otherwise readers might feel that the details are from the brochure on the stamps.
    N.A. Mirza


    With such a large number of bureaux, some get everything while
    some get next to nothing. Even Uber-Bureaux like Mumbai &
    Calcutta often do not get everything related to the issue on the date
    of the issue. Unless somebody telephones all the bureaux on the
    date of the issue & is told the truth by officials it is next to impossible to
    ascertain what happened.
    I feel Okay if at least the stamp is issued on the promised date.

  5. Abishek Jalan says:

    Stamps released on Paintings are very beautiful and the sheetlet is a pure replica of the pintings. In shekhawati area, one can find elephant paintings in the old havelis. One example of these art is ladia ki haveli in mandawa in jhunjunu dist.

  6. babi says:

    dears….is it available now ..or rare item ? please advise

  7. Sandeep says:

    Really nice to see such beautiful issue after a long time.
    Kudos to Mr. Sankha Samanta and Madam Alka Sharma for the stamp, sheetlet and cancellation.
    The sheetlet is the show-stealer. But I would have demanded four types of sheetlets – 2 singles, a straight se-tenant and a mixed se-tenant as well.

  8. Dinu says:

    This is in addition to Sunil kumar Gargji’s post on 21.06.2012/ 08:06 AM
    ” Nice that you have shared your experience. I like to add as under
    On 15.06.2012 I could not get 800th Years of URS cancelled in Kolkata GPO as I was informed the catchet did not arrive” – (27th May to 15th June – in between there was 16 working day)

    How is that :-), 😉

  9. Dinu says:

    To Babi
    It is now on sale in most of the bureau – but do not blame me if you do not get it. 🙂

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