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Growth and Tradition of Pahari Miniature Painting

Onkar Rahi

ISBN 10: 8121402700 / ISBN 13: 9788121402705
Published by National Publishing House, 2011
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Contents: Preface. 1. Relating past to the present. 2. The Pahari painters. 3. Pahari miniature painting. 4. Art in genuine colours. 5. All art is literature. 6. Classical literature and painting. 7. The super-sensual divine art. 8. Growth of Indian miniature painting. 9. Freshness of Pahari tradition. 10. Denial of Mughal influence. 11. The Kangra modern miniature art. 12. Pahari art: reasoning creativity. 13. Earliest written words on Pahari miniatures. 14. Purity of Pahari art. 15. Quality of Pahari miniature paintings. 16. Techniques of painting miniatures. 17. The Pahari colours. 18. Vaishanava art: a cultural product. 19. Cultural heritage and Pahari art. 20. Art for Art Sake. 21. Facts about the painters. Select bibliography. Pahari Miniature Painting is art of compassion passion and revelation where Lord Shiva’s cosmic dance is the dance of sub-atomic matter and also the truth of life which is the very essence of sub-atomic particles related to all creation. Ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the Devis, the Devas, men and women, the Demons and all other creatures, exist to relate the past to the present through Pahari genre and works in colour of genus which can never be garroted or subdued. Mythological influences have enriched the Pahari painting and we see Pahari artists employed who were working in the Guler-Kangra-Basohli-Chamba tradition of miniature painting which frequently dealt with mythological material and literary classical texts as adoption in colour. These paintings have considerable competence in perspective not found elsewhere and are creations of observation. We find an air of greater naturalism because of the colours used symbolically. Pahari style of painting has a sense of reality, unique freedom of expression, cultural perspective and influence of local colour. Art in these miniatures is sensitive reticent and tender. Self control serenity passion delicacy and refinement enrich the delightful rhythms where music flows in each strain of colour in harmony of technique subject and portrayal. Pahari miniature paintings aim at integration of life and lead us to attaining the goal of final liberation. Executing all physical acts, the divines and the earthly are nurtured in discipline, austerity and affluence, offering us the gift of life’s nectar. These paintings range over 350 years and they not surprisingly include a number of different techniques. It is great achievement of Pahari painting that the permanence of the painting methods enables us so completely to study and appreciate the character of the rich Hindu society which is most secular in approach and highly tolerant to even the extreme human behavior. Pahari art is not hidden but accessible art approachable sophisticated and not remote in any sense. The period treated by Pahari artists is well defined offering us an area of study that enhances our awareness of the golden chapter of Indian Art. Pahari art is the art of the most active sober and realistic people where the original conception and stylization can be recognized at once. The mythological and historical scenes are related to unexpected glimpse of the open country because the landscapes and figures in paintings leave nothing to illusiveness in these miniatures. Pahari art has interesting innovations, skillful improvisation and delicacy to touches of brush. Unfailing charms of the allusions symbols and suggestiveness speak of ferverish moment of creativity. Basohli representation has vitality and boldness, Kangra adds to it softness and delicacy, spontaneity and originality. The art of Pahari origin is art of innate reverence. Thinking feeling and writing becomes one in immaculate amity when the shadow of faith becomes a reality in colours of universal manifestations. Intensity of feelings in paintings has provided sensible themes and we meet beauty unclassified and love in its naturalness in hill art tradition and growth. The present volume contains more. Bookseller Inventory # 112033

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Title: Growth and Tradition of Pahari Miniature ...

Publisher: National Publishing House

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

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