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Mysore Paintings: Mysore traditional painting is a unique style of painting with a historic past of over 500 years. It is said to have originated around 1525 A.D. It took shape as a unique school of art during the reign of Mysore Maharaja, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1799-1868). After his death, the art was about to disappear but, recently this famous art has been revived by surviving one or two veteran artistes of Mysore traditional school.

The painting procedure comprises the basic 'gesso' work and use of traditional colours. Real gold foil is used for embellishments which give the paintings a unique golden touch. The paintings are executed according to strict details of the scriptures. They are characterized by intricate use of colours and fine relief work making it worth a prized possession. The most popular themes of this school of painting are traditional deities of the Hindu pantheon, including the famous Goddess of Mysore Chamundeswari.

Well executed paintings are readily available of the choice of the buyer. Paintings which connoisseurs need may also got executed and supplied after a specific period.

The prizes range from Rs.1,000 ($ 25) to Rs. 1,00,000 ($ 2085), small to huge portraits. Service and handling charges are extra.

Tanjore Style Traditional Painting: This school of traditional painting bearing the name of Tanjore in Tamil Nadu is being widely practiced among the artists in Mysore. Though it looks similar to Mysore style of traditional painting, it prefers thicker foil of gold and liberal use of semi-precious stones and pearls. The relief work is deeper and the colours used are comparatively dark and pronounced. The frame is decorated with mirror work and gold colour. These paintings are generally executed on cloth, wood and glass base.

The prizes range from Rs. 1,000 ($ 25) to Rs.1,00,000 ($ 2085). Service and handling charges are extra.

Ganjifa Paintings: Ganjifa is another unique style of painting. They are similar to the miniature painting, either round or oblong shaped. These paintings on cards were used during the period of erstwhile Mysore Maharajas, like Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1799 to 1868) as playing cards. Though they were used for this game, the cards had on them the paintings of the Hindu pantheon, like Dashavathara (10 incarnations of Vishnu), and other minor Gods, on each card. They also had the figures of birds and animals. These cards were also being used for astrological predictions. This art too had almost become extinct, but thanks to the effort of one or two surviving artists in the fields, it has been revived in the same traditional style. With excellent colour and finish, these have today become a collector's choice.

Price of each card depends upon the work to be executed. Since they are miniature-size paintings, the prizes are not high. Contact

Sandalwood Items: Mysore forests grow excellent sandal trees. While the roots and trunk portions are used for extraction of sandal oil - a base for perfume, medicines and cosmetics - the rest of the wood is made available to artisans for carvings. Since a long time, Mysore has been the house of sandalwood art works. They are produced in various sizes and shapes. The famous of these sandalwood items are the figures of Gods and Goddesses and among animals those of elephants in different sizes.

Sandalwood craft works come in different shapes and sizes and prizes also vary accordingly. The pieces can be made available according to the collector's choice and prize range they prefer.

Sandal Oil: Sandal oil is extracted from sandalwood wood. Mysore is famous for both the cultivation of sandalwood and extraction of oil from the wood. In fact, it is known as the 'home of sandal'. The only Sandalwood Oil Factory is located in Mysore and is owned by the Government of Karnataka, which extracts oil from the wood and makes it available to public. However, in view of limited supplies, the oil rates are high.

Price: Varies from 5 grams onwards. Service and handling charges are extra. Contact
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Mantras: Yajurveda Sandhya Vandana Mantra The complete text of Yajurveda Sandhaya Vandana Mantra can be provided. Pratha Sandhya Vandana Mantra (Morning Mantra) can also be provided.Other Specific Mantras can also be provided. Contact
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Artefacts: Mysore is also famous for its unique handicraft items like rosewood, inlay work on rosewood, soft teakwood figures and stone carvings. The forests of Mysore are known for rosewood trees and the wood pieces made available to the artisans are turned into excellent art works of Gods and Goddess, birds and animals (the most famous being elephant). Inlay art is done on rosewood. Formerly ivory was being used for inlay on rosewood but, in view of the ban on ivory, good quality white and colour plastics are used for inlay work now. Rosewood inlay teapoys, rosewood Mantaps (for keeping idols etc) are famous.

These art works come in different shapes and sizes and prizes also vary accordingly. The pieces can be made available according to the collector's choice and prize range they prefer. Contact

Stone Carvings: Mysore has a number of traditional sculptors who carve figures on granite and soft stones. They produce the carvings according to the specific requirements of the clients and hence the prices vary accordingly, depending upon the size and intricacy of the work, stone used and the like. They also make available idols for temples and other religious institutions, not only of Hindu Gods and Goddesses but also other figures.

Carvings come in different shapes, sizes and stones used (like granite, soap-stone) and prizes vary accordingly. The pieces can be made available according to the collector's choice and prize range they prefer. Contact

Silk Sarees and Fabrics: Mysore is famous for silk sarees, which come in traditional designs and colours. Gold thread (Zari) is used for bottom lining and Pallu (the portion which covers the top portion of the body), which add colour and grace to the sarees. Besides traditional weavers in villages like Kollegal, Chamarajanagar and T.Narasipur, the Government factory in Mysore produces world-famous silk sarees in various colours and designs.

Prizes range from Rs.2,000 ($40) to Rs.50,000 ($ 1040). Similarly factory-made silk cloth for dresses like shirts, salwar-kameez, and Kurtas are also available. Prize depends upon the requirement and the material. Contact

Musical Instruments: Mysore is a centre of classical Karnatak music. There are a few well experienced manufacturers of musical instruments in the traditional way. They produce excellent pieces of musical instruments, stringed instruments like Veena, Tamboori, violin, drum instruments like Mridanga, Tabla, and other instruments like harmonium. These manufacturers have continued to preserve their traditional craftsmanship in producing a variety of musical instruments.

Prizes are available on enquiry. Contact

Others: Genuine sandal soap, incense sticks and sandal oil-based perfumes are available in Mysore, apart from sandalwood art works. Prizes are available on enquiry. Contact

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