Poompuhar Art Gallery, Thanjavur

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Address: Poompuhar Art Gallery, Thanjavur railway Station, Tamil Nadu- 613001, India

Phone: 0436-2230060

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

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About Poompuhar Art Gallery, Thanjavur

Also known as the Silappathikara Art Gallery, it is the house of all traditional and ancient paintings and sculptures of the ancient kings and lifestyle of Thanjavur. It is an introduction to Tamil Nadu’s rich art forms.

The various attractions in this gallery are:

The beautiful structure of the sun peeping out behind the stunning Mahabalipuram temple is an excellent masterpiece by the local artists.

The statute of nataraja in a festive mood from the Chidambaram temple is fantastic.

Paintings and arts of the Nayaka and the Maratha kingdom.

From the solid temple architecture, bonze figures, gold foil, jewel crusted Tanjore paintings, to exquisitely carved brass lamps, the architecture and art of Tamil Nadu is full of varieties.

The poompuhar Art Gallery was formed with a purpose to restore the ancient art forms and also showcase the talent of local artists in the area. It was made by the handicrafts department of the Tamil Nadu Government. Poompuhar constantly puts up training programs to teach artisans how to cater to the needs of the brimming demand of the customers.

Poompuhar artists also excel in the art of building Hindu temples and churches also. They build temples according to the Agama Shastras. The art gallery puts up training sessions to teach the artisans the art of lacquer ware, mat weaving, paper mache, terracotta and also gives them financial assistance to continue working.

In the art gallery, you will find beautiful bronze structure all made of ancient designs of the Chola Era. The making of these need lot of hardwork of the artisans. They have to first make a wax mould of the figure, then coat them with a mixture of clay, ground cotton, salt and charred husk and then sun dried. This framework is then heated to melt the wax inside. Then the chosen metal is melted and poured into the frame and the figure is then taken out once it cools. The finishing touches like the burnish, painting and perfection are done with hands. The use of the ‘panchaloha or five metals’ are also very much in use here. The metals used are copper, tin, gold, silver and lead.

The most attractive model is of Lord Shiva in a happy pose which is a symbol of knowledge, happiness and destruction of evil. There are also beautiful ganesha models in different postures.

There are wonderful paintings here with gold leaf foil and have precious and semi-precious gemstones embedded in them. These paintings are done on wood, glass, ivory, mica, murals and manuscripts. The tanjore metal plate here dates back to the rule of the Marathas and the credit goes to King Serfoji II.

Exquisite woodcrafts designed with sculped panels are also a visual treat here. The entrance of the art gallery has a huge structure of ‘Magara Thorana Vayil’. There is also a tank with a shape of an ank-let around which you will find the models of Kannagi and Madavi. The paintings inside depict the life of the epic land of Silapathhikara.

This place is overflowing with the rich talent of the artisans who bring out the colours of the past with their hands.

Poompuhar Art Gallery Information

  • Do not touch anything in the gallery.
  • Pets are prohibited in the premises.

Poompuhar Art Gallery Ticket Prices

  • Do check the entry fee prior to visit.

How To reach Poompuhar Art Gallery by Public Transport

  • Nearest airport is Tiruchirappalli
  • Nearest railway junction is Thanjavur

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