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Thursday, January 16, 2014

History review of Aipan, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Music-Dance in Kumaon in Chand Period

   (History of Kumaon from 1000-1790 AD)
       Characteristics of Chand Rule in Kumaon    
                          
History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar) - Part 243

                                              ByBhishma Kukreti

                             Origin of Aipan

             The rock wall painting tradition had been found in Kumaon from prehistoric time. Lakhu Udyar and Lwethap are famous prehistoric rock painting examples in Kumaon.
      Aipan is classic example of art of Kumaon. Aipan is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Alimpana’ that means to plaster or coat with. Other synonymous words for Aipan in India are Chauk Purana and ‘Alpana’. Some scholars state that ‘Aipan’ is derived from ‘Arpan’.
It seems that Aipan started from Katyuri period in Kumaon.
 Aipan is art decoration on ground, wall, paper and cloths by drawing of various geometric and other figures of god/goddesses or nature.  
The major raw materials for ‘Aipan’ are ochre or Geru and rice paste. Fir the object or ground is pasted by ochre and then the desired drawing is done by rice paste.
 There are different forms of Aipan – Sarswati Chauki, Chamunda Hast Chauki, etc. The women create Aipan in many auspicious occasions.

                         Wood Crafts
 The wood crafts were well developed in Kumaon from Katyuri period. The wood craftsmen used to carve drawing on Tun or Devdaru wood. The best artistic wood craft is seen on door of Bad Aditya temple of Katarmall.
 The wood crafts could also be seen on old Tibari, Chhajja, Jangla. The artists used to carve images of nature, plants, Purnkumbh, animals, god, goddesses and other Hindi cionic images on wood columns.  

             No drawing Art
 Chand kings did not sponsor drawing artists or painters. There are no paintings of Chand Kings and their armed or administrative ministers as found n Garhwal.

              Music and Dance
  
     Chand Kings followed Mogul culture and promoted Majlish culture where in night, dancers and musicians used to show their art. There were court dancers and court musicians. The Chnad Kings levied Tax as Bajniya on people for paying salaries to court dancers and musicians.
  King Vijay Chandra was addicted to music, songs, dance and wine.
King Udyot Chandra built an entertainment hall in his palace.
King Jagat Chandra was sponsor of gambling and the gambling players.
King Devi Chandra was famous for sponsoring artists of music, dance. He built an entertainment building too.
The administrators Manik and Puran Mal Gaida were great lovers of music and female dancers.
There were teachers to teach dance, music for queens and princesses.
 Kumaoni people also developed folk music and folk dance by their own.

Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti -bckukreti@gmail.com 10/1/2014

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(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)
                           
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -245  
History of Kumaon (1000-1790) to be continued….
Himalayan, Indian History of Chand Dynasty rule in Kumaon to be continued…
  (Himalayan, Indian History (740-1790 AD to be continued…)
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History review of Aipan, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Music-Dance in Kumaon in Chand Period; History review of Aipan, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Music-Dance in Udham Singh Nagar Kumaon in Chand Period; History review of Aipan, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Music-Dance in Nainital Kumaon in Chand Period; History review of Aipan, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Music-Dance in Almora Kumaon in Chand Period; History review of Aipan, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Music-Dance in Champawat Kumaon in Chand Period; History review of Aipan, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Music-Dance in Bageshwar Kumaon in Chand Period; History review of Aipan, Wood Crafts, Paintings, Music-Dance in Pithoragarh Kumaon in Chand Period;