Lord Vishnu Resting on the Bed of Shesh-Naag

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An amazing Kalamkari painting paints the Lord of Universe, the Protector on the Universe, Lord Vishnu taking rest on Shesh-Naag even as other gods are taking a bow to the Lord. The abundance in the use of colours and the characters that emerge on cotton fabric, help create a spectacular spread in a Kalamkari painting. Kalamkari art is unique in its use of colour as a medium to portray mythological characters. As the name suggests, Kalamkari is the art of painting cotton fabrics with a kalam i.e. pen, a sharp pointed pierced bamboo that regulates flow of colour on the fabric. The popularity of this exquisite form of art crossed the shores of the country during the 17th and 18th centuries. Kalahasti and Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, the nerve centres of this art continue to be beehives of Kalamkari activity. Kalamkari colours are made from vegetable dyes.

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