|Painting & Dance - Unique
relation in Indian art
The relationship between painting and dance is a remarkable unique Indian tradition.
Vishnu-dharmottara (7th century AD) stresses the impossibility of attaining a proper expression of feeling in painting without the knowledge of dance.
There are paintings from the earlier as well as the later periods of Ajanta art, which depict dance scenes.
Dancing had become highly stylised in the later period. The vibrant grace of pose and gesture invest her with a swaying, flower-like
rhythm and movement.
Tribhanga is a very important feature in the depiction of the human form. The whole figure is structured around three main axes.
It gives the body an S-shaped rhythm, a fluency of line, which, together with the appropriate gestures of hands, conveys a wide range of expressions.
|Painting & Sculpture, Another
Most impressive is the way the two art-forms, paintng and sculpture, co-exist at Ajanta, complementing each other.
The sculptures were fully painted, though most of the paint has disappeared.