The common themes are of various incarnations Vishnu, Ganesha, and manifestations of Siva
The traditional painting brush is made of elephant grass locally called 'Kuntalipullu'
The first shade of color used in Kerala Mural is yellow
The second shade is followed by red
The colors used on the human figures, depend on the characters and common qualities
The colors are richly painted and brought to live with black outlines
The colorful representation brings a sense of glamour, tranquility and charm to the Kerala murals
Pre-historic stories retold in the murals
The spiritual divine wealth is depicted in shades of green, golden yellow and red. Blue was introduced much later
The order of colouring is firstly yellow, red, green, blue and brown (mixed red and yellow)
Striking illustration of Kerala murals
A portrayal of lord Shri Rama and Sita illustrated on a canvas
The word 'mural' is derived from the Latin word 'murus', meaning 'wall'. Murals refer to paintings embellished on visual components like the wall, ceiling, or other huge lasting surfaces. The murals of Kerala unfathomably stand out for their prominence in beauty, clarity and symmetry with unmatchable linear accuracy. The peculiarity of Kerala murals is their simple and thematic presentation of idealistic reproduction of humans, animals and trees with technical excellence, illustrated with rich and delicate strokes, hued with bright colours which epitomize Kerala Murals.
The murals palette consists of five colours or Panchvarna namely, yellow, red, green, black and white, prepared from mineral pigments and vegetables. These paintings belong to a distinguished lineage with its tradition carries influences from Ajanta. The themes are depicted using common iconographic symbols from the Puranas like Ramayana and Mahabharatafrom the Hindu mythology, which is illustrated highly with brilliance stylistically. The expressions are depicted with artistic mastery.
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