About Kerala Murals
The murals of Kerala reflect the region’s rich culture. Kerala Mural Paintings depict stories of Hindu mythology in Kerala. Many places such as Ancient temples and palaces in Kerala display an astonishing sight to behold, Hence, it is considered a gift to be treasured for eternity. The roots of Kerala murals can be dated back to the 8th century AD. It symbolizes natural beauty, culture and sophistication. There are over 150 temples in Kerala that display ancient Kerala murals. One of the oldest Kerala murals can be found in the Thirunandikkara Cave Temple that is located in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. The most commonly used pigments in the murals are saffron-red, saffron-yellow, green, red, white, blue, black, yellow and golden-yellow.
Artists that create Kerala Mural have a huge dedication to their art. Kerala Murals can be classified into two styles based on their use of colors. They are Fresco Style in which the colors are applied on a slightly wet surface and the second style, in which the colors are done on a dry surface is called dry Fresco style. One mural painting can take 41 to 60 days to finish.
The hallowed caves of Ajanta, Maharashtra India houses probably the worlds oldest and most celebrated specimens of frescos, widely known as Ajanta Murals. These Ajanta murals are known for the color schemes and the Kerala murals are known for the impeccable sketching.