Discuss the distinct features of Cheriyal Scroll Paintings which make it worthy of protection by Geographical Indications Registry.

This school of painting originated from Cheriyal, a place situated in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh. It is a modernized and stylized version of Nakashi art. A rich scheme of colours is used to depict the scrolls of narrative format from mythology and folklore.
In vivid hues (mostly primary colors) with a predominance of red in the background, these scroll paintings are easy to relate to – as the themes and stories are familiar – drawn from ancient literary, mythology and folk traditions.
The common themes are from the Krishna Lekha, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shiva Puranam, Markandeya Puranam and stories of communities like Gauda, Madiga and so on.
Simple rural life – Women doing chores in the kitchen, working in the paddy fields, festival scenes are so endearingly depicted.
The costumes and settings in which the figures are depicted are a reflection of the culture of Andhra, where these paintings originated.

Question for UPSC Mains:
Discuss the distinct features of Cheriyal Scroll Paintings which make it worthy of protection by Geographical Indications Registry.

Published: May 1, 2016 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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