About | RCTP
Painting in India is as old as Indus valley civilisation which showed geometric designs and symbols on pottery items. Indian painting heritage passes through the core paintings depicting various scenes. Caves of Bhimbatka and Ajanta are the earliest archeological evidences. Each region has its own styles and themes, and the legacy of the art/craft continues. The medieval period influenced the traditional paintings with Persian styles and miniatures patronised by Mughals. The miniature schools of imachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Deccan, Thangka paintings, Madhubani or Mithila paintings, Warli paintings, Tanjore paintings, Kalamkari paintings, Pichwas, Phad paintings, Mughal paintings, Nirmal paintings, Kalighat paintings, Patachitra of Orissa are all manifestations of the same rich legacy. Tribal paintings form a large part of the handicrafts of India. Each one of these is a masterpiece by itself, and continues in its true and traditional form.
The Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles had initiated the cluster approach to empower the artisans and transform the cluster of artisans into a vibrant business entity. The improved growth rate of the cluster has prompted, the Development Commissioner Handicrafts to have a craft based resource centre that can cater to all the clusters in that particular craft. Against this background a Resource Centre for Traditional Painting/ Craft has been assigned to the National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (ni-msme). The centre creates an institutional mechanism to provide single window solution for the problems of artists of traditional paintings in terms of technical and technological information, enterprise development, product information and producer information.
The centre functions with the following objectives:
• To assist artists/artisans in enterprise promotion and development
• To provide product and market information
• To arrange the producer information
• To offer technical and technological information
• To make a platform for sharing of experience among artists/artisans for mutual business development
The Resource Centre adopts cluster approach, which is the most appropriate tool for holistic development of all stakeholders in traditional paintings. The Resource Centre serves the needs of all stakeholders through one stop solutions by way of much required information and guidance. The Centre will also be a platform for constant interaction between different players from varying craft environments. The Centre will handhold different enterprises as per their requirement and act as an incubator for the developing enterprises.
The Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles had initiated the cluster approach to empower the artisans and transform the cluster of artisans into a vibrant business entity. The improved growth rate of the cluster has prompted, the Development Commissioner Handicrafts to have a craft based resource centre that can cater to all the clusters in that particular craft.» read more
Resource Center for Traditional Paintings
Phone: 91- 40-23633261
Fax: 91- 40-23608547