Profoundly Related To Lord Krishna

With the day of Krishna Janmasthami approaching, people all over India are all set to celebrate the birth anniversary of Gopala, the infant form of Lord Krishna, while getting captivated by the Janmashthami tales of Lord Krishna. 

The icon of love, devotion, and wisdom, Shri Krishna is far more than just a religious symbol; he is a muse and cultural phenomenon in the creative world of Indian arts and literature. Artists sometimes portray him as an adorable, chubby baby sitting with a vessel full of butter, while sometimes they represent him as a male figure with blue skin wearing yellow hip wrappers, a crown embellished with peacock feathers holding his flute in one hand. Krishna Janmasthami is an essential part of Sanathan Sanskriti.

As India is a land of unparalleled creativity, find out more about the diverse Indian art forms where one can find glimpses of Lord Krishna.

Phad Painting

Phad Art
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The Phad paintings originated from the Indian subcontinent around 700 years ago and are primarily prevalent in the western state of Rajasthan. It is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles and is painted over scrolls. This art symbolizes Krishna’s life, highlighting some important aspects of his ‘Leela’ or cosmic activity are painted with bright colours in red, green, blue, yellow, and black.

Pichwai Painting

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This traditional Pichwai art style originates from Rajasthan. It uses natural colours to depict Lord Krishna as Shrinath Ji, his rasleela on cotton fabrics. In many Pichwai paintings, the artists depicted Krishna and Radha with Gopis, Yamunaji, and Gosaiji of the Nathdwara. 

Kerala Mural Painting

Kerala Mural
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A Kerala mural painting is the genre of depicting mythology, legends, and history that decorates the walls of temples and churches in Kerala. It dates back to the 8th century AD.

Tanjore Painting

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Tanjore paintings originated at the Maratha court of Thanjavur and are derived from Vijayanagara School of painting. This particular art form is Known for its rich, flat, vivid colours and iconic compositions embellished with glittering gold foils, glass beads, and precious and semi-precious stones.

Basholi Paintings

Basholi ARt
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During the 17th and 18th centuries, Basohli paintings emerged as a style of painting that blended Hindu mythology, Mughal miniature techniques, and local folk art. Basohli, a hill town in India, is the place of origin for this painting style in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

When artists turned their attention to the Radha Krishna love story, they succeeded in reaching peak levels of creativity.


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Pattachitra painting originated in Odisha and is one of the most famous of its kind. This word derives from Sanskrit, where patta means canvas and Chitra means picture. Bold lines of bamboo brushes and naturally vibrant colours characterise this painting style.


Madhubani Art
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Madhubani painting, also known as Mithila painting, is an art form that originated in Bihar, India. In addition to depicting symbolic images from nature and Hindu religious motifs. Folk women keep alive the art form by majorly focusing on Hindu deities, particularly Lord Krishna.

Miniature Art

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Intricate details and expressions characterize these paintings despite their small size. Rajasthan widely practises this art form. It originated during the Mughal era. These paintings depict classics and folklores around the life of Lord Krishna. Several striking features, including large, beautiful eyes, sharp features, and other fine details, make these paintings one of a kind.

Kishangarh Art

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Kishangarh’s painting originated from a fusion of Mughal artistic idioms with the conventions of the Rajput Rathor provincial schools in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Known for their devotion to Krishna and Radha, Kishangarh paintings express the passion of Vaishnava bhakti (devotion)

Mysore paintings

Mysore’s paintings are not just a decoration but an expression of devotion. It is known for its elegance, muted colours, and attention to detail. Hindu gods and goddesses and mythological scenes are the themes of most of these paintings.

Mysore Painting
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There are many representations of Krishna throughout the Indian culture, including architecture, paintings, sculptures, and textiles. From generation to generation, people have been captivated by the legend of Lord Krishna’s. Be his life, his birth, his victories over enemies, and his leelas!!

As the country celebrates the festival and Krishna Janmasthami mesmerises the nation, Rooftop wishes you God’s blessings. We wish you a life full of compassion and the ability to make everyone around you smile!

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