One of the most popular forms of classical South Indian painting is Tanjore Painting, which originated in the 16th century under the Chola reign in Tanjore or Thanjavur city of Tamil Nadu.
Tanjore paintings are unique and entirely different from other types of paintings. It uses vibrant colours, has surface richness, high durable glow and dense composition. To further add to their appeal there are embellishments of semi-precious stones, glass pieces and pearl. The relief work gives them a three dimensional effect.