The "Patua" is a beautiful folk painting style developed within the artistic community of patuas of West Bengal. It is a scroll painting originates around 1000-year ago as a unique story-telling idea with the aid of pictures. The Patua is a special community composed of Hindus as well as Muslims both coming together as- "Chitrakaars", that means painters. They often perform patua in local fairs, weddings, festive gatherings so as to engage more people and increase their audience base. Paintings encourage the use of natural colors and eco-friendly materials. Read all about Patua paintings here-
Thanjavur or Tanjore paintings is a classical painting form of South India which derives its name from the place of its origin, the town of Thanjavur. It is an ancient art form that originated during the reign of the Chola dynastyin the 16th century and then later patronized by the Maratha princes, Nayakas of the Vijayanagar empire, Rajus of Tanjore and Tiruchirapalli and the Naidus of Madurai. This ancient indigenous painting creates a 3D effect on every single artwork. Tanjore Painting has EMBOSS on it. That is, the painting has areas that are ELEVATED from the surface to produce a 3-D effect on the painting. Tanjore paintings are adorned with precious and semi-precious gemstones and 22-karat pure gold.
It's interesting to see that despite of having same Basohli origin, each school showcase characteristic motif in its paintings. More or less the fabrication of these astounding piece of art remains the same. But one thing makes every school of pahari miniature different from each other- THE MOTIFS. The schools flourished in Basohli, Guler, Kangra, Chamba, Tehri Garhwal, Nurpur, Mankot, Mandi, Kullu, Bilaspur provide specific motifs or themes to display. Come, explore the peculiar feature of each pahari style of painting.
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...