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J Niranjan



Biography

J. Niranjan is one of India’s most celebrated masters of Kalamkari craft, a hand painted textile. Throughout his life, he has painstakingly concentrated on his craft. He studied classical dancing in order to give the right stances to his figures and he has photographed many temples seeking the unusual and unsuspecting themes from temple carvings. The design usually has a main central panel and is surrounded by smaller blocks arranged in rows, beneath which, written in black ink, are verses from original texts to transcribe the legend. This was a family vocation, so all members from childhood had to be well versed in the scriptures and legends before they were able to create the Kalamkari.
J Niranjan