Pahari Painting 

Pahari Painting 
Pahari Painting 

Pahari painting, also called Himachali painting or Sikh painting, is a style of Indian miniature painting originating in the Himalayan foothills in the northwestern Indian subcontinent. The style is characterized by its unique way of depicting landscapes and portraits.

Pahari paintings are created using a variety of techniques, including watercolors, gouache, and even dry-point etching. The colors used in these paintings are usually very bright and bold, with blues, greens, and reds being the most commonly used colors. One of the most distinctive features of Pahari painting is the use of gesso to create three-dimensional effects. This technique was first introduced by the Italian artist Giuseppe Castiglione during the 17th century. It involves using a substance similar to plaster of Paris to coat the paper or canvas before painting on it. This gives the paintings a raised relief effect that makes them look almost like sculpture.Pahari paintings often depict everyday life scenes such as markets, festivals, and religious ceremonies. They also frequently show Hindu deities such as Krishna and Radha, as well as scenes from Hindu mythology. In recent years, Pahari painters have begun to experiment with other subjects such as portraits and still lifes.

Himalayan paintings
Himalayan paintings

Pahari paintings, also called Pahadi paintings or Himalayan paintings, are a type of Indian painting that originated in the hill regions of the Indian subcontinent. These region include the modern states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Pahari paintings are distinguished from other Indian styles by their use of soft colors and light brushstrokes. They often depict scenes from Hindu mythology, such as the exploits of Krishna, or the love story of Radha and Krishna. Other popular subjects include Shiva, Parvati, Rama and Sita, Hanuman, and the goddesses Durga and Lakshmi. Pahari paintings reached their height of popularity during the 18th and 19th centuries. During this time, many notable artists emerged, such as Nainsukh (1710-1778), Manaku (1716-1794), Bhawani Das (c. 1775-1815), Kangra Ravishankar (c. 1770-1844), Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), Raja Sansar Chand Katoch (1765-1823).

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