"The sophisticated style of art that is seen in the paintings of Ajanta is also found in surviving wall paintings and in fragments of murals in many parts of India."Elaborate.

Ajanta Caves art can be considered as the torchbearer of Indian painting. To the external world, Ajanta Caves are probably the only examples of Indian Murals. However, it has been proved that the tradition which was started at Ajanta was actually started way back in ancient times. And it did not end with Ajanta but was carried forward by people of different faiths at many parts of India. The creative impulse of Ajanta is seen in many other contemporary sites inIndia as follows:
Cave Paintings at Bagh (MP)
Murals of Bagh certainly represent “golden age” of Indian classical art. The walls and ceilings were to be painted were covered with a thick mud plasterin brownish orange color. Over this plaster there was done lime-priming and then paintings were laid. This is also known as tempera technique, which refers to use of permanent fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with a water-soluble binder media.
Armamalai Cave paintings (TN)
Armamalai Cave is known for a Jain temple with ancient paintings, Petroglyphs and rock art.
Paintings at Badami (KA)
The paintings of Badami are among the earliest surviving in Hindu temples, just as the paintings at Ajanta and Sittannavasal are the earliest Buddhist and Jain murals.
Pitalkhora (MH)
Pitalkhora Caves belonged to once upon largest temple complexes of Buddhists in India. Today it is known as largest group of Hinayana Buddhism monuments in India.

Question for UPSC Mains:
“The sophisticated style of art that is seen in the paintings of Ajanta is also found in surviving wall paintings and in fragments of murals in many parts of India.” Elaborate.

Published: May 1, 2016 | Modified:October 15, 2020

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