Murali Nagapuzha

The familiar language of painting has landscape as background for some context in the

theme. Traditional Kerala paintings such as floor pictures done in color powder or mural

paintings did not even warrant a situation to have landscape at all in the works.

Landscape is a fragmented nature articulated compositionally to enhance the meaning

of the context, to contextualize an episode or even to give an atmosphere of scenic

beauty. Nature as such has only a secondary existence in all such works from

Renascence period onwards or in the miniature and Ravivarma. In India nature is more

a motif than just a background in the painting and in modern period it is almost like a

referral point.


The greenery of the land, a sign of fertility is generalized concept about nature but each

place has its own green/flora specificity. Even when nature is depicted the flora

represented in the painting is more connected with the ideologically acclaimed

landscape flowers like lotus and Water Lilly, Trees like Mango tree or some other

aristocratic ones.


The locally specific species of flora and fauna almost envelops the whole canvass

sometimes even eclipsing the human presence. Only tribal’s are projected as equal to

nature, but in all other contexts nature is embracing wholeheartedly the children of the

village showing the ethno botany of the locality. Some time works become a leafy plant

painting with all the non aristocratic grass and papaya like plants. The canvasses tries

to give a balance of green with green, the monochrome green shows the ethno

botanical nature of Kerala. The green splendor of nature depicted is not a just a

landscape. It is the essence of the earth, earthly atmosphere, children, butterflies, small

huts with eco friendly existence, or it is the essence of NATURE BEING, AND AN



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