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Indian Floor Art: A Deep Dive Into 6 Diverse Art Forms

Picture this: You’re at a lavishly decorated venue where a wedding is being held. You walk in and are dazzled by a gigantic, sprawling design created on the floor of the entrance. Flowers, glitter, acrylic paint, and other contemporary mediums are used to create semi-permanent floor decor- and this is very popular in India.

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A Deep Dive Into The History And Evolution of Tibetan Thangka Paintings

The ancient art of Thangka painting may appear beautiful even to a layman, but the cultural and religious context added to it makes it an art form worth understanding. Tibetan Thangka paintings depict Buddhist deities, catering to rigorous and exact guidelines. The elements of these paintings are mystical, fantastical, and otherworldly, which are all fitting attributes for an art that originated as a means of recording spiritual visions.

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The Most Famous Rajasthani Miniature Paintings From Each School

You may have heard about the Indian schools of Miniature painting. Each school had a peak and a period of decline. The quality of the paintings from different eras of the same school wasn’t consistent in the slightest. At their zenith, the schools produced beautiful masterpieces, and during their decline, the paintings showed a decrease in quality and originality. Let’s look at the famous Rajasthani Miniature paintings from different schools and find out what makes them unique.

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Themes of Tragic Romance: The Miniature Paintings of Sohni and Mahiwal

Indian art and literature have always been interdependent. From the ancient treatise Chitrasutra dictates the themes of painting to the work of poets Keshavadas and Govindadas inspiring the miniature paintings of the Barahmasa theme. Indian folk tales and poems often served as inspiration for miniature artists, and the emotional and poetic beauty of prose and poetry came alive in portraits and paintings. Tragic love stories of forbidden love were painted through the deeds of Heer and Ranja, Sassi and Punnu, Laila and Majnu, Mirza and Sahiban, and Sohni and Mahiwal.

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The History and Evolution of Miniature Paintings of the Jaipur School

Rajasthani Miniature painting evolved in many different regions and gave rise to many different styles and schools of painting. But do you know how to differentiate between the paintings of different schools merely by observing them? While there are some similarities in the styles of the Rajasthani school, there are a lot of distinguishing differences as well. Let’s look at the history and evolution of the Miniature paintings of the Jaipur School.

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The Documentation Of Daily Life Through Indian Mica Paintings

There are so many styles of Indian painting that many of them end up being overlooked. All Indian art forms are an important part of Indian culture and history, and proper efforts should be made in their conservation and restoration. Indian Mica paintings have significant historical importance and portray unrestrained depictions of daily life in India in the 18th and 19th centuries. Their study is essential to uncovering the long-lost secrets of India’s past.

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Top 4 Books on Gond Art You Should Read

The list of books on Gond Art that we have curated for you, captures the voice of the artists themselves. We cannot separate the artists from their social connectivity and subjectivity within their community. These books acknowledge the importance of art in the life of an artist who is rooted in community and tradition.

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Books on Indian Miniatures You Should Read

If you want to dive deeper into the world of Indian Miniatures and their social and historical contexts but do not know where to start, then this article is perfect for you to chart your learning journey. The historical evolution of Indian Miniature and the variety among its various styles is quite immense.

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Patna Kalam

Decline of Patna Kalam in the Modern Indian Art Discourse

Introduction Patna Kalam is often considered a part of Company painting. However, this categorisation becomes problematic when it questions the authenticity of the art form to be Indian. Patna School of Art is a hybrid of Mughal and Rajput court paintings and European techniques. A part of the artworks of Patna artists did target European

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Art Novels that Every Indian Should Read!

Introduction Literature and visual arts have always gone hand in hand, and in our times the role to bring art and literature together is taken over by art novels. Though many see visual art against the descriptive nature of literary works, art novels tend to break this unnecessary binary and contribute to both, the art

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