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

Kolam Women in Cheriyal Painting
Kolam Women in Cheriyal Painting
Kolam or Rangoli done by the village women. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used..
र 1,100.00
Kolam or Rangoli done by the village women. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used..
र 1,100.00

Village Women at Play in Cheriyal Painting
Village Women at Play in Cheriyal Painting
Village women at play. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00
Village women at play. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00

Women at Play in Cheriyal Painting
Women at Play in Cheriyal Painting
Village women at play. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00
Village women at play. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00

Drishti Bommala Cheriyal Masks
Drishti Bommala Cheriyal Masks
Drishti Bommala are known to ward off the evil from the spaces they are guarding. D Vainkuntam paint..
र 1,400.00
Drishti Bommala are known to ward off the evil from the spaces they are guarding. D Vainkuntam paint..
र 1,400.00

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,..
र 5,000.00
A Queen chances upon the Royal bird, Ganda Berunga, as she passes through the forest on her chariot,..
र 5,000.00

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..
र 5,000.00
A Queen travels through the forest in her chariot, depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a..
र 5,000.00

Queens in Cheriyal Painting
Queens in Cheriyal Painting
Queens depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric & mounted on a 12 ..
र 5,000.00
Queens depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric & mounted on a 12 ..
र 5,000.00

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 coarse cot..
र 5,000.00
A Bride & Groom exchanging garlands depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a coarse cot..
र 5,000.00

Hanuman Cheriyal Masks Pair
Hanuman Cheriyal Masks Pair
Hanuman or the monkey God is a goodluck charm for many homes. He is meant to keep away the evil eye ..
र 1,200.00
Hanuman or the monkey God is a goodluck charm for many homes. He is meant to keep away the evil eye ..
र 1,200.00

Little Krishna Cheriyal Mask
Little Krishna Cheriyal Mask
Baal Gopal or Krishna, distinct with his little peacock feather & babyface is just a happy sight..
र 650.00
Baal Gopal or Krishna, distinct with his little peacock feather & babyface is just a happy sight..
र 650.00

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 coarse cotton fabric &..
र 5,000.00
Two priests in a forest depicted on a Cheriyal Painting. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric &..
र 5,000.00

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..
र 5,000.00
A Queen in serious discussion with the priests in what appears to be under a mango tree, depicted on..
र 5,000.00

Village Women at Work in Cheriyal Painting
Village Women at Work in Cheriyal Painting
Village women at work. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00
Village women at work. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00

Village Women Work in Cheriyal Painting
Village Women Work in Cheriyal Painting
Village women at work. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00
Village women at work. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00

Women at Work in Cheriyal Painting
Women at Work in Cheriyal Painting
Village women at work. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00
Village women at work. Handpainted on a coarse cotton fabric,. The colours used are all natural &..
र 1,100.00

Ganapati Cheriyal Masks Pair
Ganapati Cheriyal Masks Pair
Ganapathy or the elephant God is a lucky charm for many homes. He is meant to keep away the obstacle..
र 1,200.00
Ganapathy or the elephant God is a lucky charm for many homes. He is meant to keep away the obstacle..
र 1,200.00
Loading...
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE...

Fast Shipping

Secure Payment

You can pay using your Credit/Debit Cards or NetBanking. All payments are secured through the gateway.


Testimonials