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BÒGÒLANFINI- AN ART FROM MUD

Known with names like "bogolan" or Bògòlanfini means "mud cloth" is a type of sustainable fabric from Mali, Africa. It is handmade traditional cotton fabric which is dyed with natural dyes or mud, then painted many times over with designs and patterns. This amazing African heritage became popular and accepted worldwide as "MUD CLOTH". Have you heard about it before? Let's explore it now...

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“KAVAD – KATHA”

Well, call it a Portable Shrine or a Storytelling box, KAVAD is amazing in either way and represents the age old craft originally practiced by a group of Jangid Brahmins near Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. It's a way of expressing Hindu devotions in stories with the help of images of the Bhakti saints as well as of Ram and Krishna in a very interesting way... Let's find out more about "KAVAD" and "KAVADIYA-BHAT"...

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TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES OF PAHARI PAINTINGS

We got a deep insight of pahari schools in our previous posts, let's now have a glimpses of Pahari motifs, colors and tools used in fabrication of these astounding piece of art...

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KANGRA SCHOOL OF PAINTING

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-

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CHAMBA SCHOOL OF PAINTING

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.

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GULER SCHOOL OF PAINTINGS

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.