Friday, November 6, 2009

ஆய கலைகள் 64 --- 64 types of art

Every Tamil person should have heard of this term "ஆய கலைகள் 64". When I googled a little, I found the origin of this word. It seems that the 2 Hindu Mythological Characters -- Krishna and Balarama have learnt all these 64 types of art. They should be really brilliant isn't it? True, that Art is always fascinating - For any act to become an art, it should be done in a proper way. 64 such forms of Art have been classified below:

1. Toilet Make-up, toilet and use of beautifying agents
2. Painting the body, and colouring the nails, hair, etc.
3. Decoration of the forehead.
4. Art of hair dressing.
5. Art of dressing.
6. Proper matching of decorations and jewellery.
Music and Dancing
7. Singing.
8. Playing on musical instruments.
9. Playing on musical glasses filled with water.
10. Acting.
11. Dancing.
General Education
12. Good manners and etiquette.
13. Knowledge of diffenrent langguages and dialects.
14. Knowledge of vocabularies.
15. Knowledge of Rhetoric or Figures of Speech.
16. Reading.
17. Reciting poems.
18. Criticism of poems.
19. Criticism of dramas and analysis of stories.
20. Filling up the missing line of a poem.
21. Composing poems to order.
22. Reply in verse (when one person recites a poem, another gives the reply in verse).
23. The art of speaking by changing the forms of words.
24. Art of knowing the character of a man from his features.
25. Art of attracting others (bewitching).
Domestic Science
26. Art of cooking.
27. Preparation of different beverages, sweet and acid drinks, chutneys, etc.
28. Sewing and needle work.
29. Making of different beds for different purposes and for different seasons. Physical culture
30. Physical culture.
31. Skill in youthful sports.
32. Swimming and water-sports.
33. Games of dice, chess, etc.
34. Games of chance.
35. Puzzles and their solution.
36. Arithmetical games.
Art of Entertaining
37. Magic: art of creating illusions.
38. Trick of hand.
39. Mimicry or imitation (of voice or sounds).
40. Art of disguise.
Fine Arts
41. Painting in colours.
42. Stringing flowers into garlands and other ornaments for decorating the body, such as crowns, clapnets, etc.
43. Floral decorations of carriages.
44. Making of artificial flowers.
45. Preparation of ear-rings of shell, ivory, etc.
46. Making birds, flowers, etc., of thread or yarn.
47. Clay-modelling: making figures and images.
48. The art of changing the appearance of things such as making to appear as silk. Pet Animals
49. Training parrots and other birds to talk.
50. Training rams and cocks and other birds for mock fight. Professional Training
51. Gardening and agriculture.
52. Preparation of perfumery.
53. Making furniture from canes and reeds.
54. Wood-engraving.
55. Carpentry.
56. Knowledge of machinery.
57. Construction of building (Architecture).
58. Floor decoration with coloured stones.
59. Knowledge of metals.(Metallurgy) :)
60. Knowledge of gems and jewels.
61. Colouring precious stones.
62. Art of war.
63. Knowledge of code words.
64. Signals for conveying messages.

I am very sure that there are lots more to learn for Krishna and Balarama in this 21st Century.

P.S: The post is based on google research and not with reference to any Reliable resource and comments are always invited for further improvement.


  1. Why dont we include Blog writing in this Arts list ??
    Good idea!!!........

  2. Sure Syam, we shall do that.. Of course as I said there are numerous arts left out in this list. A few from my side are - Software Engineering, Noetic Sciences, SkyWatching etc

  3. wow, I like the first 6 points and I'll try do that arts... ;)

  4. Well, which banupriya is it... pic looks diff :P

  5. first of all it seems you get alot of time in office ;) to do such research :) just kidding anyways nice informative blog, and i think we should first focus on what they did and then add our own art, what do u say??

  6. some ppl are born to make others happy.. ur blog does it.. was damn funny man.. never grow up..:)

  7. Some additions from my side:

    65. Art of frying peanuts (kadalai)
    66. Art of breaking thru firewalls to access internet from the office
    and then there is the art of all arts...
    67. Art of Farting noiselessly!

  8. Toilet make-up... in other words... "Aayi"kalaigal !