Indian Architecture

Indian Architecture

RAJASTHANI PAINTINGS

The Rajasthani paintings covered a wide area including Malwa, Bundelkhand, Mewar, Bundi, Kota, Jaipur, Bikaner, Sirohi, Sawar, Kishangarh and Marwar. What is interesting to note is that each centre developed its own individual characteristics. In Rajputana, painting was already in vogue in the form of Western Indian or Jain Style. This had provided a base for the growth of various schools of paintings under the influence of the popular Mughal School from circa 1590-1600. Nevertheless the Rajasthani kalams developed their own styles in the years that followed.

One striking feature of of Rajasthani Paintings is the arrangement of figures as even small figures are not are not obscured in the composition. the background, the flora and fauna and the symbols help the composition to express an intensity of feelings and emotions. Architecture usually painted in the background, is used as a device to create perspective and depth. 

KRISHNA AND GOPIS, Bihari Sat Sai, Mewar, Rajasthan, circa A.D. 1700, National Museum, New Delhi

SAINT MUSICIAN SWAMI HARIDAS, AKBAR AND TANSEN, Kishangarh, Rajasthan, circa A.D.1760, National Museum, New Delhi

MEWAR

1615-1775

BIKANER

1640-1750

BUNDI

1630-1770

KOTA

1624-1770

KISHANGARH

1710-1800

JODHPUR

1725-1825

JAIPUR

1710-1825

LAILA MAJNU, Kota, Rajasthan, circa A.D.1760-1770, National Museum, New Delhi

NEWLY WEDDED BRIDE, Jaipur, Rajasthan, circa A.D.1780, National Museum, New Delhi

TODI RAGINI, Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, circa A.D.1710, National Museum, New Delhi