We have come a long way learning about Miniature pahari paintings of India. This beautiful art was executed in the hilly regions of India, in the sub-Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh and thus called as Pahari means "from the mountains". The understanding of this heritage art is a matter of great study. They are quite elaborate in terms of patronage, time frame, painting style, artist approach, themes etc. wherein the broad term for these paintings came out as - KANGRA SCHOOL OF MINIATURE PAINTING. Here is the full read-
Indian miniature Pahari paintings are a broad subject to discuss. After Basohli and Guler, here comes the famous Chamba school of painting. This art has so much to express and has got such a captivating history to explore that makes it even more interesting for an art fanatic like me to get a deeper essence of the subject which is yet unknown to commoners. It is considered as an authentic historical account indicating the ancient art and culture of Himachal Pradesh. Lets find out more about this amazing school of miniature painting.
As we are exploring different schools of Indian miniature Pahari paintings, we came across the two dominant schools- Basohli and Kangra. But there are others including Guler, Chamba, Garhwal and Bilaspur. Guler, became a prominent centre for art and later termed as the birthplace of Kangra painting in the first half of the 18th century. The Guler Paintings or Guler style proved as the cradle of the early phase of Kangra Kalam with the unique blend of Rajput and Mughal style of art. This contrast had brought out the cultural essence of India onto a canvas with the flair of delicacy and a sense of spirituality. In the course of time Guler painting finally get evolved into Kangra paintings.
PAHARI PAINTING is an Indian style of miniature painting which simply means paintings from the mountainous regions. The word "pahari" means from the mountains in Hindi. Interestingly Basohli is the earliest known miniature paintings in the Himalayan hills. This school of painting is the principal centre of the style, existed around 1690s as Basohli Schools, possibly of pre-Mughal origin, finally evolved into the new Kangra style of miniature painting. These paintings were rather simple and largely based upon the landscapes, natural beauty of surrounding hills, Hindu deities and simple poetic themes of Rasmanjari and Geeta Govinda. Have a look at these alluring paintings...