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During his Mann Ki Baat address, the Prime Minister spoke about a dying form of art known as Kaavi Art. He has urged people to work towards preserving such ancient forms in the country.
What is Kaavi Art?
Kaavi is a form of wall art found in Konkan region, especially in temples of Goa, parts of coastal Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The art was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled Goa until 1961.
The art takes its name from Kaav in Konkani which refers to Indian red pigment which is the only color used in this painting. The red pigment is obtained from the laterite soil.
The painting is done on wet plaster in a manner similar to frescoes [Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid (wet) lime plaster].
The painting is done in bright red and white shades. It is usually done on the walls of temples and homes that depicts the ancient history of India.
Source: This post is based on the article ‘PM Modi talks about ‘Kaavi’ Art on Mann Ki Baat, stresses ancient art’s preservation’ published in Hindustan Times on 27th Dec 2021.