Tanjore painting is a traditional form of Indian painting that originated in the city of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The paintings are characterized by their rich, vibrant colors and the use of gold leaf. Tanjore paintings are traditionally done on board, but can also be done on canvas. The paintings depict Hindu gods and goddesses, and scenes from the epics. Tanjore painting is a popular form of Indian folk art, and is also used in Hindu religious ceremonies.