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Where to learn Tanjore Paintings?

 This is a very pertinent question in every Tanjore art enthusiast's mind - Where to learn Tanjore Paintings? While thinking about it, so many questions arise in one's mind

  • Will anyone teach an art that is kept secretly among a few ones?
  • Will the entire process be taught?
  • Is it good to take …

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The Best of Goddess Lakshmi Tanjore Paintings

We have listed some of the best Lakshmi Devi Tanjore Paintings made by us in the past. Each one is unique. Read through the blog to know the difference

This Lakshmi depicts the Dhana Lakshmi form as Golden coins are falling from the pot into the tray. At the same time, there are two elephants…

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Ramar Pattabishekam (Ram Darbar) Tanjore Paintings - the story and various models

Welcome to Chola Impressions Blog section. In addition to making authentic and beautiful tanjore paintings, this is our attempt to highlight to importance of each tanjore painting and the story behind it. 

In this article, we will discuss about the Ramar Pattabishegam painting, the characte…

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The story of Kamadenu - the Divine Cow

Every Tanjore Painting has a story to tell. And so is this painting of Kamadenu and the sage Jamadagni.

Kamadenu, the divine Cow emerged when Asuras and Devas churned the Ocean of milk - Kshira Sagar. The churni…

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Tanjore Paintings emboss muck design work Live illustration by our Founder

While making Tanjore Paintings, muck design work is done once the muck flour is laid on the stone. The muck flour will act as the basement for the muck DESIGN work



There are many ways to do the DESIGN work. The following youtube video shows one of the methods - a bit advanced vers…

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Where to buy Tanjore Paintings?

Where to buy Tanjore Paintings?



This is a pertinent question in the minds of many art lovers. In this post, we will elucidate you as much as we can on the various quality aspects of Tanjore Paintings which will serve you as a guiding mechanism while purchasing Tanjore paintings. …

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Dhasavatharam Tanjore Painting by Chola Impressions


Dhasavatharam is a core theme in Hindu culture that teaches us countless things if observed closely. 

For some, it is the origin of species, which Darwin discovered hardly 100 years ago. And for some, it is partly the evolution of Humans from animal-like and uncultured to a civilised man, an…

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What is the unique feature of Tanjore paintings?

This question was posted on Quora (link here). This article is a reproduction of the answer given by our founder.

  1. The unique feature of Tanjore Painting is its 3-D property. Let us explain it further. Tanjore Painting is the only painting to have EMBOSS on it. That is, the painting has areas…

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How to assemble a Tanjore Dancing doll - Illustration

We have seen many art enthusiasts struggle while assembling a Tanjore Dancing doll. 

So, we have made this illustration which highlights various parts of a Tanjore Dancing doll and how effectively one can assemble this doll. Watch the video and subscribe to our Youtube Channel for more art …

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Eight Massive 11 ft Ashtalakshmi Tanjore Paintings made by us in record 18 days

At Chola Impressions, we strive to achieve excellence by doing things that were never done before.

20 different artists worked together for 18 days tirelessly to make Eight Lakshmi Paintings of size 11 feet each.

A feat that was never achieved before. No one thought it was even remotely …

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Nataraja Tanjore Art Shield - An age old Art form thriving till date

Nataraja Tanjore Art shield/ Art Plate:

Nataraja  is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic ecstatic dancer. His dance is called Tandavam or Nadanta, depending on the context of the dance

The shield is made of pure Silver, Brass and Copper. The central subject (Nataraja here) is m…

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The uniqueness of Balaji Tanjore Paintings


"Whatever actions I perform, by body, mind, senses or intellect. I surrender them at the feet of Sri Narayana."


Balaji Tanjore Painting is one of the finest art works one would ever encounter, but rarely appreciated.


It highlights the level of craftsmanship involved in …

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Krishna Janmashtami 2016 wishes from Chola Impressions

Chola Impressions wishes each & everyone of you a very happy Krishna Janmashtami (Gokulashtami as it is widely called in South India)

Here is a tribute to Lord Krishna on the occasion - Enjoy the video compilation of our work portraying each stage of Lord Krishna as a child


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Chola Impressions Tanjore Dancing doll Dancing to the tunes

It has been requested by many customers and art enthusiasts to share a video of Tanjore Dancing dolls.

So, we have made a video of Lady Dancing Doll dancing to the tunes of a famous Tamil Song. Enjoy the video, Like & Share! :)



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Some interesting facts about Tanjore Paintings that you may not have heard about


How about some really interesting facts about Tanjore Paintings?


1. Thanjavur Paintings always have a story to tell, they predominantly portray Hindu gods, goddesses and saints. Episodes taken from Hindu Puranas, Sthala-puranas and other religious texts were visually interpreted, …

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How Tanjore Paintings evolved over time & contribution of Chola Impressions

Necessity is the mother of invention. And that's what exactly the modern day artists have effected changes to the age old Tanjore Painting. The methodologies have evolved over time. Find out how:

Thanjavur paintings that are made in the present day is not with the …

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Materials needed to make Tanjore Paintings - Welcome Kit

In this section, we will discuss about the materials needed to make Tanjore Paintings. This could very well be the welcome kit for beginners.

We have already discussed in our previous blog How Tanjore Paintings are made in general. We have also shown the Step by step illustration of making o…

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Kathakali Krishnan Dancing to the tunes

Watch the Kathakali doll - 'Kathakali Krishnan' dancing to the music! Enjoy the show :)


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Making of Tanjore Paintings - Durga (Bengal Style) - Step by step illustration

The following images elucidate the process of making of a Tanjore Painting using simple steps & images.


There are various articles on the internet on making of Tanjore painting that use complex words making it very hard for a layman to understand it. To add on to the misery, the articl…

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Tanjore Wobble-head Dolls


Tanjore Wobble-head Dancing Doll is one of the old, traditional, world famous Indian cultural arts. They are made out of sago, Plaster of Paris (POP), Papier Mache and wood pulp.


Tanjore Wobble-head Dancing Doll is one of the old, traditional, world famous Indian cultural arts. They are m…

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Geographical Indication for Tanjore Arts


The Dancing dolls (Thalai Aaatti Bommai - literally means: head nodding doll) of Thanjavur can now boast of one more feature: the Geographical Indication (GI) mark; similar to Champagne from France and Port Wine from Portugal.




The doll has been included in the Governm…

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The Artisans


Some interesting facts about the artisans who make the beautiful paintings:

Tanjore paintings were painted by 'Moochys or Artists of India' according to the British chronicler Charles Gold in his book Oriental Drawings published in 1806. Traditionally, it is well known that the Raju community o…

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How Tanjore paintings are made?


Here is a quick information on the making of the beautiful art


Tanjore paintings are known for their rich color, surface richness and compact Composition. Highly durable glow can be obtained in these paintings. Paintings are adorned with rich semiprecious stones, glass pieces and gold…

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Tanjore Paintings - Origins

The history of Tanjore Paintings dates back to Marathas invasion of South India during 16th century. Thanjavur Paintings flourished under the patronage of the Nayak & Maratha princes in the 16th to the 18th centuries. 

The art was practiced by two main communities namely - the R…

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