I just cleaned some virtual dust off my hard disk which housed frames from one memorable trip to Kutch, Gujarat in 2011. With that came some beautiful memories that has me writing a blog post.
Bhuj was our base for many small trips that we undertook around the region.
Than Monastery is about 60 kms from Bhuj. A beautiful temple complex tucked away in the quiet countryside of Kutch district.
Than Monastery is situated at the foot of Dinodhar Hill and is dedicated to Dhoramnath.
He is said to have performed rigorous penance here for 12 long years.
The care taker of the temple showed us his earring that was part of the order of the temple.
It was interesting to see a sudden profusion of colours in the interior of the temple as compared to the plain limestone and vermillion on the outside.
"The speciality of Kamangari art was that the paintings were done on on a wet plastered background so that they lasted longer. The artistes used brushes made from the bark of palm trees, using colors extracted from leaves, pebbles and clay mixed with gypsum."
~ extract from Frank Grey's article
Intricate 'jaali' work in the walls.
Such beautiful Kamangari Paintings depicting various mythological scenes.
I understand in the olden days the rich-class of people used to patronise the Kamangari artists who would paint the walls of worship and homes.
Every part of Kutch that we travelled to, has so much of history in terms of art, craft and architecture. I really hope the dying art finds patrons to revive it and caretakers to uphold such amazing cultural heritage of India.
(Images by Arch)