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Cherial Scroll Painting is one of the earliest forms of audio – visual entertainment and these paintings are prepared only by the Nakashi caste people in the Telangana state. Historically, this story telling community used to travel through the villages of Telangana, singing and narrating stories using the scroll as their visual aid. The scrolls contain about 40 to 50 panels, each depicting a part of the story and would be displayed as the story unfolds. Cherial paintings are a unique pictorial presentation of the numerous tales from epics such as Mahabharata, Ramayana and various Indian Puranas.
The Cherial Scroll painting is drawn on hand made khadi cloth, specially processed with applying a paste of tamarind seed along with a tree gum and white clay. Once the scroll is ready, the artist draws the outline. Striking red colour fills the background. The colour of the face and skin is decided by the nature of the character like blue and yellow are for Gods and Goddesses respectively. Brown or darker shades are for demons, while pink and skin tones are for humans.