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Miniature Paintings - Indian Souveniers

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By Anandi Chitvandan

Did the voice fell on deaf years – “ Take one and you will come back for two”. The voice came from quite a distance, the little boy running towards me. I have become accustomed to it. Being back in my own Country, India and not able to resist the charm of visiting the famous destinations, I have been to a number of places across the country. This time I was standing in front of the huge gates of Jaisalmer Fort.

Huge as it is the Fort, the painting seemed more significant. Maybe as I had already seen the Fort, its seemed more attractive – this Miniature Painting made on a paper thin Cotton Cloth filled with all the colors in Rainbow.

Rajasthan has always been attractive with its various forts and Havelis – I sought out this route to end my Journey in the Sea Beaches of Kerala (Mahabalipuram has always been an attraction). Golconda Fort and the Mehrangarh Fort were on my list.

As I was thinking all this, I could feel someone shaking my hand furiously. The kid was still standing there – with the Miniature Painting in his hand.

Miniature Paintings begun to flow from the Kashmiri Miniature Paintings. Ivory panels, paper, cloths, walls, wooden tables, leather and marbles were used to paint these paintings. Even today these mediums are used. The famous ones among the miniature paintings were – the Kangara paintings of Pahari School and the Gita Govinda Paintings. Still today there are various schools which imbibe this ideology like the Jain School of Art, Mewar or Udaipur School of Art and Alwar School of Art.

Miniature Paintings inscribed on palm leaves depict the various Mughal stories, with kings, queens, servants, chariots, horses, palanquins, trees, birds, fruits, grass, temples, forts, mountains and rivers painted on them. The old Miniature Paintings are the true mirror of the old age – with the palaces, wars and festivals painted in their true colors. Once made on ivory, today these paintings are made on Canvas due to the ban on Ivory. Rajasthan, Mewar, Bikaner, Jaipur are the main players in this field.

Texts of Gita Govind, Bhiaris Satsai can be verily seen in the various depiction of the Miniature Paintings found in Uttar Pradesh though the varsity of these paintings is very less in Uttar Pradesh.

And as watched this Painting, I couldn't resist myself from buying one

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