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  1. 1. An Introduction to Indian Traditional Paintings
  2. 2. Introduction Since time immemorial, India is known as the land of art and culture. The birth of paintings took place thousands of years ago and archaeologists have found evidences of the most ancient artwork to be ever created from the soils of this country only. Indian artworks are an indispensable part of the worlds art collection and they have made significant contributions towards the subject.
  3. 3. History The first evidences of ancient Indian art dates back to 8,000 years ago and they were found in forms of rock paintings. Bhimbetka caves are the perfect example of murals and paintings which were a part of the pre-historic era. However, it was the Indus Valley Civilisation which marked the beginning of Indian traditional paintings and in this era finer painting tools were devised.
  4. 4. Most Famous Themes of Indian Traditional Paintings In the time span of 8,000 years, various kinds of painting styles and themes have evolved. However, there are certain mesmerizing Indian traditional paintings which have left a deep mark on the heritage of the country. These styles are a vital part of the countrys culture and they have faced the blow of time.
  5. 5. Madhubani Paintings Originated from the state of Mithila (present day Bihar), it is undeniably one of the most widespread forms of Indian folk arts. Known for its intricate geometric patterns, Madhubani paintings are famous for displaying festivals and other occasions.
  6. 6. Mughal Paintings Introduced by the great emperor Akbar, this painting theme is the love child of Indian and Muslim painting styles. The subjects which are a part of Mughal paintings are very diverse and include the scenes of war, hunts and life of Mughal emperors.
  7. 7. Patachitra Painted on a cloth-based scroll, the paintings created in this style are used to depict the sagas of Gods and Goddesses. The new age artists have given their own little touch and have started including divine Lord Shiva paintings and narrating his great stories by means of this ancient art.
  8. 8. Phad Paintings Originating from the colourful state of Rajasthan, this Indian traditional painting style is a religious form of scroll artworks. A very long canvas is painted and vegetable colours are used to draw the narrations of great lives of the deities.
  9. 9. Miniature Paintings Known for their small size, these intricately designed Indian traditional paintings originated in the Mughal era. Later this style was adopted by Rajputs and it depicts religious epics.
  10. 10. Warli Paintings It originates from the Western Ghat of India and is considered as one of the oldest forms of Indian paintings. Circles, triangles and squares are the most used shapes which are utilised to display daily life activities.
  11. 11. Conclusion There are numerous styles which emerged in this time frame, but these 6 forms have survived through the generations. They are still very much a part of the cultural heritage of the country and artists are still devoting their time in these genres. Even the art enthusiasts from all around the world adore the beauty and intricacies of these art styles. Undoubtedly, these painting styles have contributed significantly towards the art legacy of India.
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