Chitrakaar of Cheriyal


The Kathakalus or gypsy storytellers troupe through villages enacting ballads from epics such as the Ramayana & Mahabharata. The stories they narrate are painted on scrolls that detail each scene in little rectangles. The scrolls, that can roll out to 60 feet sometimes, are painted by the Chitrakaars of Cheriyal. D. Vaikuntam Nakash is one of the few remaining Chitrakaars of Cheriyal, a village in Telangana. Today, the Chitrakaar paints shorter stories, but has stayed true to the original art. He still paints on coarse Khadi fabric, treated with the paste of tamarind seeds, tree gum & white clay. The background colour of the paintings still retains the time-honoured red derived from the locally available ingilikam stone. An empty canvas is outlined with figurines painted with a squirrel tailed brush. The colour of the face and skin is decided by the nature of the character, with blues for Gods & yellow for Goddesses. Humans are coloured in shades of pink. Brown or darker shades are meant for Demons. The colours used are derived from natural elements. White obtained from grounded sea shells, Black from lamp soot, Yellow from pevidi stone, Blue from indigo leaves and various vegetable dyes or ground stones for an increased colour palette. 

D. Vaikuntam, National Award Winner of the Cheriyal Scroll Paintings, exclusive to Telangana is possibly the only Chitrakaar creating these scrolls & keeping the art alive today.

Read more here https://medium.com/@aamori/unfurling-the-cheriyal-scrolls-b8ba28e59f3b

Queen in the Forest in Cheriyal Painting
Queen in the Forest in Cheriyal Painting
A Queen travels through the forest in her chariot, depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a..
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A Queen travels through the forest in her chariot, depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a..
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Queen and the Ganda Berunda in Cheriyal Painting
Queen and the Ganda Berunda in Cheriyal Painting
A Queen chances upon the Royal bird, Ganda Berunga, as she passes through the forest on her chariot,..
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A Queen chances upon the Royal bird, Ganda Berunga, as she passes through the forest on her chariot,..
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Bride and Groom in Cheriyal Painting
Bride and Groom in Cheriyal Painting
A Bride & Groom exchanging garlands depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabr..
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A Bride & Groom exchanging garlands depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabr..
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Priests in a Forest in Cheriyal Painting
Priests in a Forest in Cheriyal Painting
Two priests in a forest depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabric & mounted..
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Two priests in a forest depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabric & mounted..
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Royal Discussions in Cheriyal Painting
Royal Discussions in Cheriyal Painting
A Queen in serious discussion with the priests in what appears to be under a mango tree, depicted on..
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A Queen in serious discussion with the priests in what appears to be under a mango tree, depicted on..
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Seven Priests in Cheriyal Painting
Seven Priests in Cheriyal Painting
The Royal Couple pays homage to the seven priests who reside in the mystical leaves in the enchanted..
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The Royal Couple pays homage to the seven priests who reside in the mystical leaves in the enchanted..
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Hunting in Cheriyal Painting
Hunting in Cheriyal Painting
Tiger on a hunt on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabric & mounted on a 12 inch rou..
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Tiger on a hunt on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabric & mounted on a 12 inch rou..
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Herdsman in Cheriyal Painting
Herdsman in Cheriyal Painting
A Herdsman and his Cattle depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabric & mount..
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A Herdsman and his Cattle depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabric & mount..
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Queen in her Royal Palace in Cheriyal Painting
Queen in her Royal Palace in Cheriyal Painting
Queen in her Royal Palace on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabric & mounted on a 1..
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Queen in her Royal Palace on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a Khadi fabric & mounted on a 1..
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