Art & Craft

Thanjavur District is famous for many Handicrafts Items which are unique in characteristic at international level. The Handicraft skill is hereditary and confined to a few families in Thanjavur. The Crafts include production of Handicraft items like Bronze Icons, Tanjore Art Plates, Tanjore paintings, Bell Metal Lamps and Musical Instruments.

Bronze Icons

The art of making images in bronze reached its most brilliant zenith in the Chola Period. The Chola bronzes, acclaimed and treasured the over depict the fullness of the human body and emotions. Made of mixture of metals like copper or brass often the alloy called “Pancha Lauha” is used. [Gold, Silver, Copper, Brass and white lead]. This process is still the traditional costing method with improvements for convenience. There is one Society, exclusively for bronze icons at Swamimalai. In the Society, they are having lot of collection of Bronze Icons, antique and polish pieces. The person to be contacted is “the Special Officer, the Swamimalai Icon Manufacturing Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd., Swamimalai.

Tanjore Art Plates

This exquisite art of embossed work is the result of skilful handiwork developed over the generations. Made from copper and silver sheets, reliefs are encrusted on the plate, depicting religious symbols and themes. Tanjore Art Plate work comes in a variety of shapes. There is one Society, exclusively for this craft at Thanjavur itself. The Society is functioning at “Sangeetha Mahal [Upstairs], Palace, Thanjavur.

Bronze Icons

The art of making images in bronze reached its most brilliant zenith in the Chola Period. The Chola bronzes, acclaimed and treasured the over depict the fullness of the human body and emotions. Made of mixture of metals like copper or brass often the alloy called “Pancha Lauha” is used. [Gold, Silver, Copper, Brass and white lead]. This process is still the traditional costing method with improvements for convenience. There is one Society, exclusively for bronze icons at Swamimalai. In the Society, they are having lot of collection of Bronze Icons, antique and polish pieces. The person to be contacted is “the Special Officer, the Swamimalai Icon Manufacturing Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd., Swamimalai.

Bell Metal Lamps

This exquisite art of embossed work is the result of skilful handiwork developed over the generations. Made from copper and silver sheets, reliefs are encrusted on the plate, depicting religious symbols and themes. Tanjore Art Plate work comes in a variety of shapes. There is one Society, exclusively for this craft at Thanjavur itself. The Society is functioning at “Sangeetha Mahal [Upstairs], Palace, Thanjavur.

Thanjavur Musical Instruments

Music and dance played an important role in the life of Tamil Nadu. Thus, the making of musical instruments became a major craft, here. Most of the centers for this craft are situated around Thanjavur, which is also the hometown of many famous musicians of the country. According to the Tamil classic, the Silappadikaaram, there’s an ancient Tamil instrument, the wooden Yaazh in the shape of boats, fishes, and crocodiles, which is similar to the harp or lute. This instrument has been replaced by the more versatile Veena, made of Jack wood. The various parts of this instrument are the kudam (pot), top plank, neck and yaali. These are first assembled and a mixture of honey wax and black powder is applied to the top plank. Then it is further processed for completion.

In Thanjavur, there are families that are into the trade of anufacturing Veenas for generations. Other musical instruments are the Thamburas with their wooden bases, the flute or kuzhal-a wind instrument associated with Lord Krishna. There is one society exclusively for this craft at Thanjavur.

Thanjavur Handicrafts Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd

This Society has a sales show Room at Sangeetha Mahal [Up Stairs], Palace, Thanjavur. Its elegantly designed showroom offers an exquisite collection of handicraft items such as Thanjavur art plates, Thanjavur paintings, bronze from Swamimalai bell metals lamps from Natchiarkoill, wood and stone carvings. Handicraft items from other state are also sold here.

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Thanjavur City’s Emergency Number

These are some emergency helpline numbers which can be made a call on, during various problems. You need not panic when in an emergency. The number of police and ambulance is mentioned.

108

Ambulance

Emergency Ambulance Number

100

Police

Emergency Police Number

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