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The art of painting in Kerala has a tradition, which goes back to the Post-Agantha period.
The earliest of murals, attributing to the Kerala's tradition are found in a small cave shrine in the Southern part of erstwhile Travancore.

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Kerala Mural Paintings are the frescos depicting mythology and legends which are drawn on the walls of temples and churches of Kerala.

The masterpieces of Kerala murals include the murals of Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple at Thiruvananthapuram, Shiva Temple at Ettumanoor, Ramayana murals at Mattanchery Palace and Vadakkunnatha Temple at Thrissur. Other mural sites can be seen in the churches of Edappalli, Cheppad etc and at palaces of Padmanabhapuram and Kayamkulam. These paintings are characterized by their linear accuracy, adherence to colour symbolism, elaborate ornamentations and sensitive portrayal of emotions. These predominantly depict religious and mystic themes. Herbal vegetable dyes, fruit juices, minerals and chemicals extracted from the earth, stones, root and such natural materials were used for making the paint. Brushes for painting on the wall are made of blades of certain grass and roots of some trees.

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