schools of miniature painting collectively called Pahari, flourished
between the 17th and 19th centuries in the
sub-Himalayan states towards the end of the Mughal rule in India. Rajput
kings or chieftains who were all great connoisseurs of art ruled the hilly
region, comprising of 22 princely states, extending from Jammu to Almora.
With the infusion of new ideas and techniques these schools attained a level
of maturity and sophistication, which made them worthy successors of the
Mughal tradition. This art dwelt
largely on the themes and symbols from literature and mythology. A typical
Pahari composition consists of several figures skillfully grouped and
full of movement, and each is distinctive in terms of clothing, hairstyle
and even pigmentation, which may be blue, white, pink or grey.
Pandit Seu of Guler and his sons Manaku and Nainsukh were among the
greatest of the Pahari painters. The Pahari paintings can be
classified into two groups: a northern series called the Jammu or Dogra
Paintings) and the southern series called the