India is a land of vibrant colour. colour is an important part of the lifestyle in India. It is part of religious rituals, cultural activities, and daily routines, and is found everywhere from clothing and customs to foods and festivals. Ayurvedic healers associate colours with the seven main chakras, energy centres located in the human body along the spinal column. Each chakra has a dominant colour: red for the root chakra (located at the perineum), yellow for the navel, green for the heart, and so on. Surya, the personification of the sun, is often depicted in a chariot drawn by seven horses representing the colours of the rainbow.
Indian bazaars sizzle with colour. Vendors’ containers brim with deep red and orange powders for social and religious rituals. The visual impact of colour is inescapable wherever you turn. Splashes of colour turn up at a village as women wearing flowing odhnis(veils) fetch water, or in the whirling lustre of a dancer’s skirt sewn with glittering mirrors. Iridescent greens and blues of peacocks, mustard-field yellows, and pinks of perfumed rose petals abound in India.
India is made up of many different worlds, and among these is the realm of colour, pattern, and design, spanning thousands of years and spreading across the length and breadth of the country. Indian design and craft are based in traditions that have seeped, taken root and spread through time and through generations in music and dance, ritual and prayer, painting, weaving, carving, and architecture. The origin of these artistic traditions is varied and come from within the many cultures and faiths that share of history of India; from the seasons; and from the earth, water, and natural resources.
Colour – for dyeing cloth, for painting miniatures and walls, for tossing in the air in festivals and worship-comes from mother earth colours are made from minerals, vegetables, indigo, conch shells, and pure gold and silver. The preparing and mixing of colours is an elaborate process that takes weeks or sometimes months to produce desired results.
The roots of the intense creativity found in every aspect of life in India lie in its rich traditions and dynamic history. Indian artists and craftspeople, creating artwork ranging from tribal to classical, continue to surprise with their originality, imagination, resourcefulness, skill, and most of all, their sense of joy.