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About Kerala Mural Paintings

The Mural Paintings in Kerala are native frescoes belonging to the region depicting legends and mythology that one can see drawn on the walls of temples and churches. The roots of the Kerala Mural style can be easily traced back to the ancient Dravidian art of ‘kalamezhuthu.’ This art form involved sprinkling and filling up pigmented powders within outlines sketched with a similar powder. Religious texts serve as an inspiration and as a subject for these paintings. Traditional Kerala Murals were made using natural pigments and vegetable dyes. The art has now moved on from the walls of temples and churches to adorn modern living rooms, and a variety of other products including jewellery, sarees and dupattas.

Kerala Mural Paintings


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