Broaden your Horizons by exploring art from around the world with Recolor!
Our first stop is glorious INDIA!
Rajput painting is an art style developed in the royal courts of Rajputana, a region which used to exist in India. Only royalty could really afford these paintings—artists used real gold and silver in their artwork. Some colors were even made using precious stones!
Kathakali is an Indian dance form famous for its intricate costumes, make-up, and the masks of its male dancers. Kathakali dances incorporate moves from the martial arts of South India.
Garba is a dance performed to honor the goddess Durga during the festival of Navrati. Dancers revolve around a clay lamp, which symbolises life, or sometimes a statue of Durga herself, and wear bright colors. Today it continues to be an incredibly popular dance with schools, classes, and events all over the world.
Mehndi, also known as henna, is body art created using paste made from the henna plant, and is often applied for Hindu weddings and holidays. Women most often decorate their hands and feet, but in modern times many cancer patients and others who have lost their hair decorate their scalps: these are known as ‘henna crowns’.
Bharatanyam, also called sadir, is a classical Indian dance form. Traditionally, it is a solo dance performed only by women, and there is evidence that it is the oldest kind of Indian dance.
A saree or sari is a women’s garment, a drape of fabric that can be up to 8m long. There are more than 80 different ways to wear a saree – one for every possible occasion!