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pahari1.JPG (21325 bytes)Various 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 School (Basholi Paintings) and the southern series called the Kangra School (Kangra Paintings).    

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