The World Record Kalamkari created by Patalam Ramachandriah and his team has so far been exhibited only once, well before all the colours were infused, at an exhibition held at Kalakshetra in Chennai in February-March, 2008. The artists are looking for opportunities and the space to display it. They are also seeking prospective buyers.


Sri Ramachandrapoorvapara Charitam


The tapestry painted by Patalam Ramachandriah draws literary inspiration from popular Telugu translations of one of the Sanskrit versions of the Ramayana, that of Raghuvamsa by the great classical poet, Kalidasa.

It is perhaps of interest to note that Kalidasa's Raghuvamsa is a retelling of the Ramayana by Valmiki in which the former delineates the story with major sections devoted to all those in the Raghuvamsa (or the dynasty of Raghu) that came before and after Rama. The central piece remains, in both versions, the story of Rama, the beacon of Raghuvamsa.

Notice the label inscriptions on the cloth in Telugu, and Hindi, penned in Ramachandriah's own words.

The whole tapestry and some of the details given below provide a fleeting glimpse of the cloth which, at 70' x 40' is impossible to photograph in one snap. You can access the full text of the description of the painting by Smt. Shakuntala Ramani, former Chairperson of the Craft Education and Research Centre at the Chennai-based Kalakshetra Foundation and the author of Kalamkari and Traditional Design Heritage of India, here.

The cloth is of a single piece along the width and of seven segments heightwise. The central rectangle, which depicts the Pattabhishekam or the coronation of Rama, is set at about 35' x 20', at nearly the same aspect ratio of 1.75:1 of the whole cloth. There are 24 strips from top to bottom, 10 of them interrupted by the central rectangle, the rest of them flowing through. The circular compositions are free-floating elements, offset to highlight a specific aspect of the story, in proximity to the region of the cloth where the respective narrative occurs.

The tapestry took 30 months to execute, 22 months for the drawing and 8 months for infusing the dyes. 17 distinctive shades are discernible.

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The full cloth, 70' x 40'.

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Ganesha, the invocatory God.

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Harishchandra

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Bhageeratha

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Dasaratha

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Putrakameshti Yag
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Sita jananam

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Hanuman

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Hanuman

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Koushika Yag

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Story of Ahalya

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Paduka Pattabishekam

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Pushpaka Vimana

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Vishnu