Indian Paintings



Painting is one of the earliest known activities of man and India is no exception to that. The earliest known paintings can be found in the Bhimbetka caves of Madhya Pradesh. The Ajanta caves is another milestone in the Indian history of painting, not only were the artists rendering realistic images, but they were also well versed with the art of making frescoes. The miniature paintings under the Mughals was the high point of painting in the yester years. Different areas of India have different painting traditions. They differ from each other in technique, style, use of material and rendering of the subject, owing to regional and past influences.

Ladakh is known for its Thanka paintings. Tanjore is known for ornate glass paintings.

The different miniature schools of Rajasthan lend color to this arid land. India also boasts of numerous tribal and folk painting traditions: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa, west Bengal have their own unique painting styles.

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