Nothing much is known about him and his family, but his paintings show meticulous weaving of portraiture and scenic views. On May 1.2019, this program was organized with the collaboration of Department for Promotion of Industry and International Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Because of the early rulers of Guler viz. Chamba was one of the principal centers of Pahari miniature paintings from 17th century to the beginning of 20th century. One of them carved an elephant on a tooth and gave it to the lord of Chamba. Most of the art critics mention him as a pundit, but according to the documents, he was not a Brahmin but a carpenter. They present the stylized landscapes, circular trees with simple and unique composition. Yet all these elements are missing. In the same way, the critics think that even Chaitu did not belong to Garhwal, but was a member of Seu family. It was painted in tempera medium on paper. The transparent touch of Kangra paintings has equally overwhelmed the art connoisseurs and critics. But this family of artists also made a remarkable contribution to the Kangra School of painting. Spread over an area of 55,673 km2 (21,495 sq mi), area wise it ranks 17thin India. Bhakti cult was the driving force and the love story of Radha and Krishna was the main source of spiritual experience. The Chamba Chappal (Slippers), Himachali Chilgoza (Pine fruit) and other things are in the process of registration. till 650 C.E. The sheets of handmade paper were joined together to get the desired thickness. His painting of Durga and 10 Sikh Gurus won him acclaim. f The Pahari School of Miniature Painting Origin and Development:- Gular is the supposed to be the place of origin of Pahari School according to different scholars. They are the Bal kaand, Ayodhya kaand, Aranya kaand, Kishkinda kand, Sunder kaand and Lanka kaand. Pahari school of Painting is an umbrella term used to denote form of Indian paintings originating in the Himalayan Hill kingdoms of North India.. Pahari School of painting developed and flourished during 17th-19th centuries. It is strange that artists could paint the human figures with minutest details, but they could not paint the cattle with the same skill. These minute works show the patience, dedication and painstaking labor of the artists. Rup Chand (1610-1635), Bikram Singh (1635-1661) and Dalip Singh (1695-1743), too were having a long tradition of miniature paintings due to their association with the Mughals. Pahari School of painting developed and flourished during 17th-19th centuries. Another exquisite feature of these paintings is the use of natural poison to protect the miniatures from decay. Scroll paintings on long rectangular cloth: the art prints of heroes in history such as Goga Chauhan, Prithviraj Chauhan, Amar Singh Rathore, Teja Ji, and others are common. It is almost certain that among many of the artists, who migrated from Delhi and Punjab to the hill states was one named “Seu”. A good number of miniature paintings of Basohli style the highest quality involving exquisite workmanship were produced in this period. Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on July 22, 2016: Thanks arti for the visit and the comment. In 1929, J.C. French visited Kangra, and he discovered four Pahari artists viz. The leftover is not very enlightening, though a few contain the name of their creators. To distinguish the royalty from the commoners, the dress, visage and facial expressions are used as probable tools. It stretched from Jammu to Almora in the sub-Himalayan region Himachal Pradesh. These paintings began under the Mughal influence during the reign of Aurangzeb. The ladies in the family were the main inspirations behind the works of the artists. Paintings of Uttarakhand range from the folk arts of the women of Kumaon to the most exquisite miniature arts of Garhwal. Based on the style, Pahari School of painting can be distinguished in 5 sub-types: Kangra paintings belong to the school of Pahari paintings that were patronized by the Rajput rulers between the 17th and 19th centuries. According to many art historians, Manku, more or less the brother of Nain Sukh was the son of Seu, the head of the family of talented artists who migrated to Jammu hills in early 18th century. Some of them saw the rulers of Jammu and Kangra as their patrons. One presumes that the artist did not discard the Mughal sensibilities but merely transform them on new canvases. Lush greenery was one of the sticking features of the Kangra School. The main … He had a number of artists in his court, who could draw and paint in detail, but they lacked in the division of spaces. The very origin of the state can be traced back to Mahabharata when the Kangra king Susharma sided with Kauravas. Among them was the family of Pundit Seu, whose two sons started their workshops under the patronage of Raja Balwant Singh, the younger brother of Maharaja Ranjit Dev, the then ruler of Jammu. This feat was much acclaimed and applauded. These paintings were originated in Himalayan regions and are mostly done in miniature form. Here’s a look at what makes 10 of these folk art forms unique. and the peacock feather was used as a pencil. Each created stark variations within the genre, ranging from bold intense Basohli Painting, originating from Basohli in Jammu and Kashmir, to the delicate and lyrical Kangra paintings, which became synonymous to the style before other schools … At present Chandu Lal, the son of Lachman Das and grandson of Gokul is the only member of the family, who has adopted the family tradition of painting and is trying hard to revive the art. There is no balance between the two. Pahari painting is the name given to Rajput paintings, made in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir states of India. The credit to begin the Pahari style of paintings goes to Rajah Kripal Pal (1678-1731), of Basohli, who was the first patron in the region. Typically in these miniatures about 19 natural colors are used. Afterward, the young artists were allowed to try their imagination on canvas. It belongs to the third quarter of the 18th century. There was another celebrated family of artists, though not of the same stature as that of Seu clan. Originated in the sub-Himalayan region of India, the extreme flourishment of Pahari paintings was seen for a long period of about two hundred years, spanning from 17th -19th century. The upper structure of their body is more obscure and fat than the limbs, which are very small and thin. They practiced drawing different facial expressions on the wooden planks for years together and were supervised by the old ladies when the menfolk were generally out of the house attending their jobs in different courts. The main centre of Kangra paintings were Guler, Basohli, Chamba, Nurpur, Bilaspur and Kangra. The word Pahari means hilly in the local dialect. Kangra witnessed the invasion of Mahmud Ghaznavi when he plundered the Indian plains in search of riches. The miniature paintings of erstwhile states of Punjab Hills in India are known as Pahari painting. The brush used for the painting was also sometimes made from the wings of local birds preferably that of a peacock. Seu was blessed with two artist sons, Manku and Nain Sukh, who became the two pillars around which the Pahari School flourished. Besides these natural colors, gold dust is also used to give the desired shine and glow to different scenes like that of sunset in the miniatures. In 1780 AD, Ranjha, Gourhu and Nikka, the three sons of NainSukh, except the fourth son Kamu, reached the kingdom of Kangra from Guler. The style is naturalistic and attention was given to the details. It was only years later that they were allowed to paint on paper. Kunwar Jaideep Singh Chandel on October 04, 2018: Dear Sanjay Sharmaji, Thank you .A well researched article on the Pahari school of paintings. The Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre (HPPIC) and Himachal Pradesh Council for Science Technology and environment (HIMCOSTE) had come together for the Geographical Indication (GI) of Kangra Painting. Seu died in 1740 AD. One painting shows Saint Narada in the court of a king. mylindaelliott from Louisiana on April 12, 2014: Very interesting and beautiful work. Of course one can see the obscure presence of snow here and there, but the unbalanced effect and unnatural depiction of animals irk the beholder. He had two artist sons named Purkhu and Fattu. I have been a college teacher and journalist. Nurpur, Kangra, Guler Kullu, Basholi, Mankot, and Jammu were employed by these Rajas. So the descendants of the family were responsible for the beginning and development of this school. These paintings belong to 18 th-19 th century A.D. He has created thousands of paintings in this style and several one-man shows were organized by different galleries and institutions to highlight the art pieces. After the death of the king, Nain Sukh joined his brothers at Basholi. It takes about a year to create all the required shades of colors because the colors are extracted from the natural resources and vegetation existing at particular seasons throughout the year. Uttarakhand is home to one of the most beautiful and defining Gharanas or school of the Pahari School of painting known as the Garhwal School of Painting. Nain Sukh and his four sons Ranjha, Kamu, Gourhu, and Nikka were also famous for their paintings. 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