Chittaras are intricate wall paintings traditionally created by the tribal women of Malnad on their red mud-coated houses, as well as rangoli floor designs. Chittara paintings are part of a larger context of creativity and celebration in the cultural milieu of the region.
The chittara art-form however was almost extinct till it was revived recently by Eshwar Naik and his sister Lakshmi, Malnad tribals, who 're-discovered' the artistic and cultural tradition of their forebears (their mother was a skilled chittara artist, with a rich repertoire of songs and music in which the art form was grounded. Eshwar Naik set up a training centre for chittara art, and is focusing on documentation work.
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