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An Ode to Art Curated by Devika Gamkhar
Sanjhi Wall Art from Braj Region in Uttar Pradesh




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THE STORY
Originating as decorative patterns for enticing Lord Krishna, Sanjhi Art was made of cowdung on village walls by unmarried girls. This ritual worship and celebration of Radha and Krishna found its beauty and designs in 17th century temple traditions and it became a temple art by the 19th century. This collection of Sanjhi Wall Art is curated by Devika Gamkhar and showcases the unique expression of this art form from the Braj region in Uttar Pradesh.

In contemporary times, the creation of traditional Saanjhi can be found in the form of a folk tradition which now continues in very few homes; a formal temple tradition that is now rare and is practiced mainly at three important temples in Vrindavan and one temple in Radha's village in Barsana. Or a craft tradition where 'Saanjhi paper-cutting' is practiced in today's times. The template for the traditional Saanjhi making by itself is considered a work of art.