Saturday, October 26, 2013

Different schools of art compared



Earlier Persian blend. Became Indian under Akbar.
Originated in the sub-Himalayan kingdoms of 19th century.
Early 16th century. Various sub-schools existed
Mostly in miniature form
Mostly done in miniature form

Document of life at the Mughal court, battles, hunt, arrival of embassies, festivities

Portrait paintings developed under Jahangir
Love of man for woman. Symbolised by Krishna and Radha
Strongly influenced by the contemporary literary and musical forms, and draw upon their motifs

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Exceptional Point

Realism is the keynote of this style

Artists had made contacts with Western art. Influence can be seen.
Bold and intense – Basohli
Delicate and lyrical; Tones subdued and lines exquisitely fine – Kangra
Decorate in their composition and colour scheme

Landscape lacks the naturalism of the Mughal school


Used wider canvas
Major Artists
Basawan, Daswanth, Kesudasa, Mansur

Major Works
Akbarnama illustrations; rare birds and animals – Falcon (CS Museum, Bombay), Red Blossoms – floral painting

Jodhpur and Nagaur paintings.
Major schools

Basohli, Guler, Kangra
Malwa, Mewar (Ragamala paintings), Marwar, Kishangarh, Jaipur, Bundi, Kotah
Akbar, Jahangir
Raja Kripal Singh (Bahsoli)


Done traditionally by the women in the villages near the town of Madhubani. It originated as floor and wall paintings.

Essentially a folk tradition

17th century under the patronage of Tanjore’s Maratha rulers

Nature and Hindu religious motifs

Usually portrayed deities. Vishnu,Shiva and Krishna
Exceptional Point
Was originally practiced by Brahmins and Kayasthas. Later SC women also adopted it. But the themes of the two are different. While higher castes depicted mythological themes, SCs experimented with day-to-day scenes.

Two dimensional imagery. Colors derived from plants.

No space is left empty. Gaps are filled by painting flowers, plants animals and even geometric shapes. 
Snakes are a prominent feature
Artists adhered strictly to iconography as these paintings were made for ritual and worship and not for display as is mostly the case today.
Traditionally done as murals on mud walls. Now is also done one cloth, paper and canvas

Made on jackwood pasted with unbleached cloth to which a mixture of limestone, chalk powder, gum and honey are applied in layers on a sketch of the icon. Extra coats given to raise some parts of the painting. Jewellery etc are put.
Major Artists
Jagdamba Devi, Mahasundari Devi

Major Works

Major schools
Bharni style, Kachni style


Sarabhiji 2, Shivaji 2, Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar


Rajasthani Art Schools

Mewar (Ragamala)
·       themes from the life of Krishna and his frolic with the gopis; heroes and heroines of Hindi poetry.
·       Scenes from Bhagvata and Ramayana
·       Landscape lacks the naturalism of the Mughal school
·       Genuine Rajput style evolved under this school
·       Equestrian portraits of the royal house and the nobility.
·       Show bold types of expression with broad, fish eyes in human faces
·       This school is essentially Hindu
·       Raslila was painted. It became ‘an earthly erotic amusement’

Manjusha Art

·       Manjushas are temple shaped boxes containing  eight pillars
·       The boxes often contain the paintings of gods, goddesses and other characters
·       The boxes are used in Bishahari Puja
·       This is practiced in the Bhagalpur region of Bihar


·       Channapatna toys
o   Wooden toys from Karnataka
·       Nirmal Toys
o   Wooden toys made in the town of Nirmal in Adilabad district
·       Tanjore doll
o   Bobblehead made of terracotta


·       Drawn using rice powder by female members in front of their home
·       Mainly in South India
·       North India. Using  sand colors, flour or flowers

Other fine arts

·       Mehandi
·       Pichhwai
o   Intricate paintings that portray Lord Krishna
o   Exist in the town of nathdwara in Rajasthan
·       Tarakashi
o   A type of metalwork from Cuttack

Indian Art Awards

·       Kalaimamani
o   By Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Manram
·       Kalidas Samman
o   Presented by the MP govt
·       Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
·       Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship
·       Shilp Guru
o   By GOI to a master craftsperson. Started in 2002.
·       Tulsi Samman
o   By MP govt. In fields of art, theatre, dance and music.
·       Varnashilpi Venkatappa Award
o   By Karnataka govt for excellence in painting

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