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    "Chaya is my one shop solution for gifts, quintessentially Indian but work well with people from different cultures.Most satisfying was my recent order of the tanjore worked frame of dance mudras was done beautifully, on time, packed very nicely & within the budgets we agreed on"
    Mrs.Aruna Anand
    Wife & Manager of Chess Champion Anand

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    "The beautiful 5ft X 4ft Ananthapadmanabha is the pride of our living room in Mumbai. The entire process has been a seamless & happy experience.There is more that we want from you soon."
    Mrs.Girija Jayasankar

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    "Chayas paintings have an old-world charm & ethnic feel, among the best we have seen. Our paintings arrived in the US in perfect shape. Thank you CHAYA for your professional and outstanding work"
    Shankar & Usha, Texas- USA

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    "Congratulations for bringing a beautiful store to Chennai which displays the rich heritage and artistic handicraft of India. I wish CHAYA all the very best and hope this space will showcase the master pieces of great artists, since Smt Champa Kumar herself is an artist and connoisseur of great repute."
    Gopika Varma-Mohiniyattam Exponent

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    "The reason I buy the work of Chaya is because of the clarity in work and the facial features. The gods look so divine."
    Mrs.Andal Agoram - Chennai.

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    "Like the fact that its handled by two generations...an interesting combination of youth and experience....Very personalized at the same time professional...Plenty of clarity in ....one knows exactly the expenditure involved while placing orders...Quality of work is very good....Very satisfied customer....All the best!"
    Mrs.Padmavathy Gunasekhar - Chennai.

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    "Always been fascinated by CHAYA s work. It captures the timeless appeal of Indian deities. Over the years have collected their work avidly."
    Mrs.Kausalya Neelakantan - Chennai.

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    "The paintings arrived safe in Delhi. The packing was done extremely well. I was very happy to see the paintings that had the signature Chaya style. Every one of our friends and teachers were thrilled to receive them and all of them appreciated the clarity and the beauty of the paintings.Thank you so much for your special attention and effort once again."
    T.S.Ramji & Meena-New Delhi

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    "Excellent tanjore paintings. I bought some recently for a Rotary national event and they were a big hit with every one. great job and thanks for the prompt delivery of the paintings"
    Mrs.Nalini Prabhakar - Chennai.

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Tanjore Paintings

Tanjore painting is an extraordinary visual amalgamation of both art and crafts. It is rich and exquisite in its art form and materials used.  The characteristics of the tanjore paintings are its brilliant colour schemes the use of semi precious stones & the relief work covered with REAL 22 carat gold leaf! 

The paintings start at the smallest size of 4"x4" with the popular sizes being 6"x 8", 8"x10" , 10"x12" , 12" x 15", 16"x 20"  & 18"x 24" . All sizes above 18x24 inch are made to order only. We carry in the store only framed pieces of all the above sizes, with more numbers in the smaller sizes are these are more convenient to buy as gifts. We have fewer pieces in sizes 12/15 inches and above. The paintings are all framed with Chettinad Teak Wood frame +Acrylic (we dont use glass unless it comes with the paintings such as antique ones)
The general rule of thumb is, a painting that is 6x8 inches, will have only 1 figure with not too many embellishments. What we we can do in a small size, we can always do in a large size. The reverse will not work. Hence a painting that is 6x8 inches will have 1 figure, 2 figures min 8x10 inches, 3-4 figures min 10x12 inches and so on. In bigger sizes, the cost will depend on the overall size of painting and the number of figures on the same. There are very few exceptions to the rule where we have radha krishna standing in 6x8 and we have a shiva family in 8x10 as well. With smaller sizes, we require minimum 2 weeks. Of course this all depends on our current orders, artist availability, and number of pieces required. 
With regards to larger size painting, any size greater than an 18x24, the cost is based on sq feet only. We have several artists who work with us starting from senior to master artists. The difference will be in the facial features only predominantly. With all large paintings we require a 8 to 10 weeks time to complete given our other orders and the time in between proedures and weather factors as well. 

A traditional  Tanjore painting is done with wood as its base. Here is a brief flowchart on how it goes - On a water-proofply- a cloth with some preperations is stuck - the board is made smooth using stone- The sketch is drawn - stones are placed- relief work done - gold foil stick over the relief work and stones - colours are painted - final highlights to the painting - framed with chettinad frame (with acrylic)  - ready to be hung! 

While, traditional paintings mostly depict only Hindu gods and goddesses, with Krishna being the most popular, more recently, the art has extended to all religions such as Jesus, Mary, Mecca, Mahaveera, Sai, Buddha and also non religious subjects like  animals, birds & flowers. We can pretty much do any figure with a tanjore gold touch to it. The paintings are further enriched with ornate beautiful frames. This adds another 2-3 inches overall to the painting size.

We SHIP anywhere in the world! Do email us at chayatanjore@gmail.com for further information.
Buying tanjore art from CHAYA greatly supports our cause of uplifting artisans in the south of India, whose only source of income depends on this traditional form of art. We thank you for your support and interest! 

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