Tiny strokes, monumental stories.

India in Miniatures


Bundi School of Painting, considered as an important and one of the most popular Rajasthani styles of Indian miniature painting, originated in the 17th century in the princely state of Bundi. Through the compositions and descriptions made by the Bundi artists, the lifestyle of royals, battle fields, festivals and horse races are beautifully depicted in Bundi paintings.


Kangra paintings of ancient India belong to the school of Pahari paintings that were patronized by the Rajput rulers between the 17th and 19th centuries. Pahari paintings, as the name suggests, were paintings executed in the hilly regions of India, in the sub-Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. It is in the development and modification of Pahari paintings, that the Kangra School features. Under the patronage of Maharaja Sansar Chand, it became the most important centre of Pahari painting.


Whether it was the aerial view of the city from the fort wall, scenes from the Indian mythology or a grand procession, the artists would paint the entire scene in its full grandeur in amazing detail and finesse on a small canvas, for the king to keep as a memory of the event. These were the exquisite Miniature paintings of Rajasthan in the 16th Century. An art that was brought to India by the Mughal rulers.