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World Art Day 2024: 5 traditional Indian art forms you must know about

Explore the vibrant tapestry of Indian culture on World Art Day 2024 with a journey through five timeless traditional art forms. From intricate Madhubani paintings to mesmerizing Kathak dance, delve into the rich heritage that continues to inspire and captivate the world.

Written By: Muskan Gupta @guptamuskan_ New Delhi Published on: April 15, 2024 10:30 IST
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As the world comes together to celebrate World Art Day on April 15, 2024, it's an opportune moment to delve into the rich tapestry of Indian art. India, with its diverse culture and heritage, boasts a myriad of traditional art forms that have captivated hearts for centuries. From vibrant paintings to exquisite handicrafts, these timeless expressions of creativity offer a glimpse into India's vibrant cultural heritage and artistic prowess. On World Art Day 2024, here are the five quintessential Indian art forms that showcase the country's artistic brilliance.

Madhubani Painting

Originating from the Mithila region of Bihar, Madhubani painting is a traditional art form that dates back to ancient times. Characterised by intricate patterns, vibrant colours, and themes inspired by mythology and nature, Madhubani paintings often adorn the walls of homes during festivals and special occasions. Traditionally done by women, each piece of Madhubani art tells a story, making it a cherished cultural heritage.

Warli Art

Hailing from the tribal communities of Maharashtra, Warli art is one of the oldest forms of Indian folk art. Created by using simple geometric shapes like circles, triangles, and lines, Warli paintings depict scenes of daily life, rituals, and folktales. The monochromatic hues against a mud base render a rustic charm to this art form, which has gained international acclaim for its simplicity and earthy appeal.


Pattachitra, meaning cloth (patta) painting (chitra), is a traditional art form from the state of Odisha. Intricately detailed and vibrant, Pattachitra paintings are crafted on cloth or dried palm leaves using natural colours derived from minerals, vegetables, and plants. These paintings often depict mythological narratives, religious themes, and scenes from epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata, showcasing the artist's skill and devotion.


Kalamkari, which translates to 'pen work', is an ancient Indian art form that originated in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Known for its elaborate hand-painted or block-printed designs on fabric, Kalamkari art involves a laborious process of dyeing, bleaching, hand painting, and washing. Themes in Kalamkari range from Hindu mythology to floral motifs, with each piece reflecting the artist's mastery and creativity.

Tanjore Painting

Hailing from the culturally rich state of Tamil Nadu, Tanjore painting is renowned for its rich colours, intricate designs, and embellishments of gold foil. Originating in the 16th century, these paintings often depict Hindu gods and goddesses, adorned with jewels and intricate detailing. The use of precious stones and gold leaf adds a royal touch to Tanjore art, making it a prized possession for art enthusiasts worldwide.

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