FOLK HERITAGE

DISTINCTIVE MOTIFS USED IN PAHARI PAINTINGS

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.

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...