FOLK HERITAGE

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.

FOLK HERITAGE

BASOHLI SCHOOL OF 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...