Arts and culture are an integral part of our history, playing an important role in shaping our futures. The Archive of Indian Art is an archive created to document, preserve and showcase Indian Arts.

The mission of the archive is to promote the arts by sharing the digital collection with scholars, academicians and art lovers for the purpose of research. We also aim to hold periodic exhibitions, seminars and talks to explore Indian Mythology & India’s history by means of the visual evidence in art. Through various initiatives, The Archive of Indian Art also aims to support schools to introduce art to the children and establish art appreciation as an integral part of their education.


Mysore Paintings

Mysore painting (Kannada: ಮೈಸೂರು ಚಿತ್ರಕಲೆ) is an important form of classical South Indian painting that originated in and around the town of Mysore in Karnataka encouraged and nurtured by the Mysore rulers. Painting in Karnataka has a long and illustrious history, tracing its origins back to the Ajanta times (2nd century B.C. to 7th century A.D.) The distinct school of Mysore painting evolved from the paintings of Vijayanagar times during the reign of the Vijayanagar Kings (1336-1565 AD) The rulers of Vijayanagar and their feudatories encouraged literature, art, architecture, religious and philosophical discussions. With the fall of the Vijayanagar empire after the Battle of Talikota the artists who were till then under royal patronage migrated to various other places like Mysore, Tanjore, Surpur, etc.

Mysore Glass Paintings

Glowing with muted radiance in countless homes and temples for more than 200 years, Thanjavur art and Mysore glass paintings have celebrated stories from the epics and the imagery of gods and goddesses in a unique amalgamation of art, religion, colour and craft. The artists who perfected Thanjavur art in the Maratha court of King Serfoji and Mysore glass art at the ateliers of the Mysore maharajas have also left behind a pictorial record of the ruling monarchs, courtiers and aristocracy, the fashions, foibles and artefacts of the era in a series of frames many of which have survived to this day in museums and family archives.

Mysore Bead Work

Beadwork is the use of beads in fabric decoration and ornamental design. The practice of beading transmutes a jumble of beads into a meaningful whole.

Mysore Inlay Work

Mysore Inlay covers a range of techniques used by artisans in around the area of Mysore in sculpture and the decorative for inserting pieces of contrasting, often coloured materials like ivory shells, mother-of-pearl, horn and sandalwood into depressions in a rosewood object to form ornament or pictures that normally are flush with the matrix. These artefacts are manufactured in around the region of Mysore, these artefacts have been awarded Geographical Indication tag from the Government of India in 2005 due to its historic representation as an artefact depicting the region and the design and style used by the local artisans

Mysore Ivory Work

Karnataka is known for its ivory inlay work. The ornamentation, which usually consists of geometrical, scroll or floral patterns, is produced by setting small pieces of ivory in different shapes into the design incised on a flat surface. Mysore is the only city in the state where the ivory wood inlay is produced.

Mysore Jewellery

Mysore is the magnificent city of Palaces, Art & Architecture and of course Jewelry the vivid colors of regal gold the opulent and incredibly well maintained Mysore Palace, the seat of the Wodeyar Dynasty. Marvellous Mysore designers host a stunning Jewelry line featuring a host of statement rings, earrings, and bangles that take the craft of enamelling & embellishing and marry it to finely carved Jewelry too. The Mysore Crowning Glory Earrings – a perfect piece of craftsmanship, the Royal Statement Necklace etc are masterpieces

Mysore Manuscripts

A manuscript (abbreviated MS for singular and MSS for plural) was, traditionally, any document that is written by hand — or, once practical typewriters became available, typewritten — as opposed to being mechanically printed or reproduced in some indirect or automated way. More recently, the term has come to be understood to further include any written, typed, or word-processed copy of an author's work, as distinguished from its rendition as a printed version of the same The manuscripts are palm leaves cut to a standard size of 15 cm by 3.5 cm. Brittle palm leaves are sometimes softened by scrubbing a paste made of ragi and then used by the ancients for writing, similar to the use of papyrus in ancient Egypt.

Mysore Murals

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surfaces. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. With a distinct style embellished with linear grace and high impact colour harmonies, the murals of Mysore & Karnataka State have a romantic and exciting history and are equal in artistic value to the better-known sculptures from the state. There is enough evidence to prove that mural art has played as significant a role in the heritage of Karnataka. Mysore paintings are mostly artworks representing mythological scenes, figures and the royal family. Either they were executed as individual paintings or as murals for display on the walls of palaces, mansions, temples and other religious places

Mysore Textiles

A textile is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, hemp, or other materials to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting , tatting, felting, or braiding. Mysore Textiles have been distinct from its very inception; one such example is Mysore Silk, produced by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Limited (KSIC). The factory was founded in 1912 by Sri Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the Maharaja of Mysore. Initially, the silk fabrics were manufactured & supplied to meet the requirements of the royal family and ornamental fabrics to their armed forces. After India gained independence, the Mysore State Sericulture Dept. took control of the silk weaving factory.

Mysore Wood Carvings

Traditional Mysore wood carvings are intricate and exquisitely designed artworks . Sculptures ,furniture, doors , inlays and toys are made from Sandal wood, Rose wood, Teak wood , Jack wood, Neem wood and Sedar wood. Artisans are Trained for many years to acquire proficiency .