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Pahari Schools of Paintings

The Pahari region comprises the present State of Himachal Pradesh, some adjoining areas of the Punjab, the area of Jammu in the Jammu and Kashmir State and Garhwal in Uttar Pradesh. The whole of this area was divided into small States ruled by the Rajput princes and were often engaged in welfare. These States were […]

Phad Paintings

Phad Paintings are a folk painting style from Rajasthan. Phad refers to a long piece of cloth, which contain the narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, such as Pabuji and Devnarayan. These Phads are carried by the Bhopas (priest-singers) so that they serve as the mobile temples of the folk deities. The phads of […]

Marwar School of Paintings

The paintings developed in the royal families of Kishangarh, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Pali and Ghanerao are called Marwar School collectively. The important & relevant features of this school are as follows: Jodhpur Style The Jodhpur style originated taking clue from the art of the Mandore Gate. Mandore, as we know was a 13th century capital […]

Mewar School of Painting

Udaipur, as we know it today, is the former principality of Mewar. In the ancient as well as medieval times, Mewar was known to be a great centre of artistic and cultural activities. The oldest manuscripts of Mewar painting include the ‘Supasanachariyam‘ and ‘Suparsanatham‘ painted in about 1423 AD. These show the traces of Apabhransa […]

Rajasthani School of Painting

Though there been some example of Pre-Mughal paintings of this school, yet this school took a definite shape only by the turn of the 17th century. The Maru-Gurjar painting is one term which collectively denotes all the paintings in Rajasthan. The earliest form of this Maru-Gurjar painting is the Western Indian painting style that started […]

Different Types of Rajput Paintings

Rajput painting is one of the brightest chapters in the history of Indian Miniature Painting. These paintings are known for their high quality and finer details. Some call them Rajasthani Paintings also, but this nomenclature has varied opinions. In 1916, the famous Ceylonese historian Anand Coomarswamy did the first remarkable scholar work on the classification […]