Indian Cave Painting

Prince Dara Shikoh and Rana Dil Mughal The tradition of Indian paintings date back to the cave paintings of Bhimbetka. The cave Indian paintings of Bhimbetka are supposedly thousands of years old. The ancient people tried their hands in painting depicting every aspect of their social life. While the pictures of group dance, mask dance and stick dance remind of their leisure time, the paintings of man with the dog, deer hunting, war etc reflect upon the other side of their real life.

Different rock weapons, tools, ceramic and bones, bows and arrows, knives were used in painting on cave walls.

They painted images of birds, animals, man and woman in triangular, rectangular, hexagonal and circular patterns using red, green and white colors. Fingers, sticks or needles obtained from porcupines were used as painting brush. The images of a deer running away from the lion, animals crying for help to the hunters, men running away from wild boar show their great imagination, while the image of the elephant in deer's stomach intensifies their sense of humor.

The cave paintings have lost their original luster due to the wear and tan of natural adversaries, yet they paintings speak of the evolution of human civilization. These cave Indian paintings were the expressions of humanity in its true essence. They were not bound by any artistic norm; therefore the pictures came to life in full freedom and expression.

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