revolved around love and devotion. There were also illustrations of great
epics, puranas, etc. The depiction of Devi Mahatmya manuscript painted at
Kangra, in 1552, has been much acclaimed.
Basohli The town of Basohli is situated on the bank of the river Ravi in
Himachal. This town has produced splendid Devi series, magnificent series
of the manifestations of the Supreme Goddess. Apart from that, it is also
known for the magnificent depiction of the Rasamanjari text. Artist Devidasa
painted it under the patronage of Raja Kirpal Pal. Geet Govinda of 1730 is
also believed to have Basohli origin. Geometrical patterns, bright colours and
glossy enamel characterize Basohli paintings.
Bilaspur Bilaspur was the epicenter of growth of the Pahari paintings
around the mid-17th century. Further to the illustrations of the Bhagavata
Purana, Ramayana and Ragamala series, artists also made paintings on
rumal (coverlets) for rituals and ceremonies.
Chamba The style of Chamba paintings finds a strong mix of Mughal style
of paintings, with the Deccan and the Gujarat styles. The late 17th century
witnessed Chamba paintings of Himachal being dominated by Basohli style,
which ultimately gave way to Guler painting tradition.
Garhwal Garhwal paintings originated in Himachal. Mughal style used to
first dominate the Garhwal paintings. Later, Garhwal painting started
reflecting the cruder version of Kangra traditions.
Guler Kangra Style The Guler Kangra style of Himachal developed
around the year 1800. It was a more naturalized version of painting. In this
style of painting, visible difference given in the treatment of eyes and
portraying of the face can be observed. Another common themes used in
these paintings was landscapes. Along with that, this style also highlighted
the elegance and grace of Indian women.
Jammu Jammu paintings of the late 18th and early 19th century are very
similar to the Kangra style. The painting Shangri Ramayana of the late 17th
and early 18th century was produced in Jammu itself.
Jasrota Jasrota paintings are mainly found in Jammu and Kashmir and
their theme revolves around the following: court scenes, events from the life
of the kings, allegorical scenes,