Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning. She is also known as the mother of Veda's. Tanjore painting is a classical South Indian painting style, originated from the town of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. Tanjore paintings are characterised by rich, flat and vivid colors, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate but extensive gesso work and inlay of glass beads and or pieces of precious, semi-precious gems. This beautiful painting of the goddess dressed in white saree is playing Veena and riding a swan , considered to be a symbol of purity.