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Rajasthani Paintings
An irrespirable buy bare the paintings of Rajasthan . The paintings done in inimitable styles and color rendering are so distinctive that they catch the eye and touch the soul. 'Rajasthan has many schools ol painting having Their own districts styles, well known among them being Marwar, Mewar, Hadoti Kishangarh, Dhundhur and Alwar.Painting Work

The Miniature Paintings of Rajasthan which had flourished under princely patronage are still reproduced and descendants of the original craftsmen continue to produce miniature masterpieces, retaining their classic elegance . They are often made on hand made paper mythological the ms from Ramayana, Krishna Lila, Ragamala, and Geetgovinda are commonly used . In the paintings , Vivdly rendered are hills valleys, gardens, palaces, court scenes and religious processions.

Popular are the Phad paintings which are predominately red and green scrolls depicting the life of the local hero Pabuji. They are made by the Joshis of Shahpur, near Bhilwara, and are now available in smaller panels portraying single incidents or chracters from the epics . Pichwais are cloth paintings hung in temples. Made in Udaipurand Nathdwara these paintings depicts lord Krishna, as Shrinathji different moods. They are done in dark rich hues and have deep religious connotations. All over Rajasthan one can see brightly colored Murals depicting folk processions and battles.

The Frescoes of Shekhawati are world renowned and the region is popularly termed as an "Open Air Art Gallery", Today the tourist can take home a piece of this art and decorate their walls at home, for these traditional murals have been recreated in paper and also in cloth.

Miniature Art
This is the most visible and widely prevalent type of painting, colorful pictures painted in glowing mineral and vegetable colors on hand-made papers. The miniature painter did not lack patronage. Seven styles in different kingdoms developed rapidly (the technique was similar to wall paintings, cloth and manuscripts illustrations) used initially manuscriRajasthani Paintingpts for text illustrations, they gradually evolved as portfolios of the life and times of their Royal patrons. 

The miniature tradition goes back at least to the 11th century. Later the Mughal influence though their style was of Mughal court style, yet the painters by the 17th century settled for traditional idioms and regional elements. And the modern miniature painting speaks of those age-old traditions of Rajasthan.

Phads & Pichwais
The ancient tradition of scroll painting survives in Rajasthan as Phad. A typical Phad is a long rectangular coarse cloth with paintings illustrating the life and heroic exploits of the two popular folks heroes Pabuji and Dev Narain. It displays much of the tradition in narrative form. Painted by the Joshis of Shahpura, near Bhilwara based on subjects like Bhagavad purana or other popular folk stories.

The Pichwais are refined works of art, created to be used as backdrops in the Srinathji at Nathdwara. They contain the figure of Srinathji (attired with a variety of costumes) and scenes of Nathdwara festival. These could be painted, printed with hand blocks, woven, embroidered or decorated in appliqué form.

Folk Painting
Usually done for some specific occasions like marriage, birth ceremony and other festivals. This tradition is found in villages and rural areas practiced by various tribes. They are very original, fresh and done with raw-hand.

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