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Indian Painting
                                                                                                    February 4, 2018


The origin of Indian painting goes back to 8000 years and an account of its development is inextricably meshed with the development of Indian civilization.

Prehistoric painting: Theme of painting were Hunting theme (group Hunting scenes); Figures of animals & birds; Battle Scenes; Dancing Scenes. Example; Bhibetka Caves (MP).

Mural paintings: Indian Mural Paintings are paintings made on walls of caves and palaces. The caves of Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta also on the Bagh caves and Sittanvasal are examples of it.

Miniature Paintings: Miniature paintings are executed on books and albums, and on perishable material such as paper and cloth. The Palas of Bengal were the pioneers of miniature painting in India. The art reached its zenith during the Mughal period and was pursued by the painters of different Rajasthani Schools of painting, like Bundi, Kishangarh, Jaipur, Marwar and Mewar. The Ragamala paintings also belong to this school, as do the Company paintings produced during the British Raj.

Folk paintings: The rural folk paintings of India bear distinctive colorful designs, which are treated with religious and mystical motifs. These are: