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Rajasthani paintings

Wednesday, May 06th, 2009 | Author:

The land of sumptuous Dal bhati churma and kachori is also blessed with pleasant art forms that still bear a strong resemblance of the olden era. Whether it is the tie-dye pattern in sarees or dupattas or the intrinsic gota work in the cholis, Rajasthan of the present stage has gone through a serious of historic influences. Dynasty ruling and the prevalent culture change brought in by Moghuls has flavored the paintings from time to time.


Remarkable sketches and portraits seemed to be an important concept during the kingly rule. The life size paintings of the kings and queens, court room drama, palanquin travel were a common depiction. Udaipur citizens had a major patronage towards paintings where the canvas was decked with the minute description of the crowd as various activities, palace activities were drawn with great detail.


Typicality is certain in each form of painting though originating from a common state. This art is typical of Kota where the paintings had certain intrinsic qualities that has the calligraphy art which is prominent. There another quality seen in during the Bundi reign.

The Pichwas is an art of Rajasthan painting which has a major fan following. There are more descriptions of the various act of Lord Krishna which is also a typical trait of Rajasthan. The Chunar Ragmala which was famous during the Mughal times is another variation of Rajashthani art.



Rajasthni paintings continue to be in demand in the local scene and also have international audience. Lovers of art hold a lot of value to the fresco style of wall painting in the typical Rajasthan style. The grandeur of the palace routine is well captured in the gait and clothes of the court sessions. Similar vibrancy is seen in the paintings related to rural theme. Unique styles are seen in the gem paintings or the phad art which again the specialty of Rajasthan culture.

Mughal painting

Saturday, April 11th, 2009 | Author:

The rise and fall of Mughal painting is an interesting story. The painting is a form of miniature painting that includes portraits and can also be seen in the form of pictures in select books. Humayun was a great lover of art and during his reign he noticed the special art form in Persian paintings. With his encouragement Persian art form came to India, was influenced also by other cultures in India and grew to be typically known as Mughal painting.


The following successors of Mughal empire like Akbar and Shahjahan greatly patronized the art form. Akbar The great extended his secular thoughts also to Mughal painting. During his time the mughal painting included stories from Indian epics. Court scenes, palkhi processions and the majestic portraits of rulers were the chief motifs.  Jahangir highly believed in this art form and also added many illusionary skills to the same. The painting was modified with finer brush strokes and wide colors that the contemporary styles during earlier times.


It also became a penchant of many English rulers who loved this form of painting and the Mughal kings sent gifts in the form of their portraits or life sketch on canvas. Truly in the ethnic style, the painting also started gaining momentum with bold depictions and illusionary effects. The main theme of the painting exists in bright colors and a royal flair to its creations. It has a highly artistic tone in vibrant royalty.


Compilation of Mughal painting during the 19th century was seen as an album that was contributed by the team work of many painters. The painting works were also embossed to secure the effectiveness. Mughal painting reached its zenith but also declined at a faster speed. Mughal paint works are rare and some museums show case the art work of noted painters with great respect.