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Rajasthani Painting

The royal state of Rajasthan played an important role in the origination of the unique art form of Rajasthani Paintings, in between the late 16th and early 17th Century A.D. A strong Mughal influence can be seen in the Rajasthani Paintings since most of the princely states in Rajasthan were ruled by the Mughals. Evolved with distinct styles, every Rajasthani Kingdom has many similarities and dissimilarities.

Origin & History

Rajasthani painting is a classical art form that originated and flourished in the royal states of Rajasthan, in between the late 16th and early 17th Century A.D. Rajasthani paintings are also known as Rajasthani paintings. The Mughals ruled almost all the princely states of Rajasthan at that time, and because of this, most of the schools of Rajasthani Painting in India reflect strong Mughal influence.

Style, motifs & peculiar feature

The primary theme of Rajasthani paintings is the narration of Hindu Mythology and the portrayal of famous scenes from Ramayana & Mahabharata. Other themes include depicting Ragamala, landscapes, humanly figures and godly figures like Lord Krishna. Sometimes, portraits of the ruling family who often engaged in hunting activities were also popular. Animals such as elephants, horses and camels having significant meanings of luck, power and love respectively, are widely used as motifs in the paintings. Many Rajasthani paintings were also made on the walls of palaces, inner chambers of the forts and Havelis. These beautiful art pieces can still be seen on the walls of City Palace in Udaipur.