Arjuna, the Peerless Archer - Kalamkari Painting

Arjuna, the Peerless Archer - Kalamkari Painting

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The heavily ornate Kalamkari painting shows Arjuna at the Swayambara of Draupadi. Arjuna was one of the heroes of the Hindu epi cMahabharata. His skill in archery was to have an unlikely utility: it won him the hand of Draupadi, his first wife, the daughter of Drupada, king of Panchala. According to Mahabharata a contest was held by Drupada to choose a suitable match for his daughter. A wooden fish was suspended high above a pool of water; furthermore, the fish rotated in a circle. Contestants were required to string a heavy bow and then use it to hit the eye of the rotating fish. They were allowed to take aim at the eye of the fish only by looking at its reflection in the pool of water. Many princes and noblemen vied for the hand of the princess of Panchala, but every one of them was failed except Arjuna, the peerless archer, who alone was able to accomplish the set task; he won the hand of Draupadi. The beautiful painting contains lot of strong lines and drawings. No chemical colours are used in such paintings. Kalamkari art is unique in its use of colour as a medium to portray mythological characters.

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The heavily ornate Kalamkari painting shows Arjuna at the Swayambara of Draupadi. Arjuna was one of the heroes of the Hindu epi cMahabharata. His skill in archery was to have an unlikely utility: it won him the hand of Draupadi, his first wife, the daughter of Drupada, king of Panchala. According to Mahabharata a contest was held by Drupada to choose a suitable match for his daughter. A wooden fish was suspended high above a pool of water; furthermore, the fish rotated in a circle. Contestants were required to string a heavy bow and then use it to hit the eye of the rotating fish. They were allowed to take aim at the eye of the fish only by looking at its reflection in the pool of water. Many princes and noblemen vied for the hand of the princess of Panchala, but every one of them was failed except Arjuna, the peerless archer, who alone was able to accomplish the set task; he won the hand of Draupadi. The beautiful painting contains lot of strong lines and drawings. No chemical colours are used in such paintings. Kalamkari art is unique in its use of colour as a medium to portray mythological characters.

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