Kalamkari workshop

Kalamkari is a traditional method of hand painting or hand block printing using natural vegetable dyes. The workshop would be conducted by the renowned artist Shri.Gurappa Chetty. This art originated in Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh and has become popular all over India since. 

The craft is an ancient one and mythology is the main source of themes for the Kalamkari artist as these works were primarily intended for use as backcloths in temples. Making a single Kalamkari work involves as many as 17 stages with the cloth being washed at every step. A variety of natural products are used, such as buffalo's milk (to make the cloth sturdy) and dung (for bleaching).

The word is derived from the Persian words kalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.

The craft evolved with patronage of the Mughals and the Golconda sultanate.

Sri Gurappa Chetty

Jonnalagadda Gurappa Chetty began learning the art of Kalamkari from his father at the age of 13. He perfected this art and carried it to new horizons and even depicted legends from the Puranas. His works have been taken to several foreign locations including Vienna, UK, Australia, China, and Canada.

Mr. Gurappa was honoured with the title of „Shilpa Guru‟ in 2002 by the Crafts Council of India. He won the Presidential National Award for Crafstmanship in 1976 for his 20m Ramayana panel, Kamaladevi Vishwa Karigar Award and Tulasi Samman from Bharat Kala Bhawan, Bhopal. “The award is a tribute to the recognition of Indian Art,” is how Sri. Gurappa Chetty reacted upon winning the President's award.


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Links of interest

About Kalamkari

About Shri. Gurappa Chetty.

about the workshop