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Rajasthani Paintings and Sculptures

Rajasthani SculptureRajasthani paintings are known the world over and are considered collectors' items. The rulers of various states were patrons of art. This gave rise to several painting styles, each with a distinct feature. Vegetable dyes, fine brush strokes, stories of velour and from mythology, scenes from the court, all define these paintings.

Kishangarh, Udaipur, Jaipur and Marwar all are major centres of miniature paintings. Bundi, Bikaner, Kota, Jaipur (including Amber) are some of the popular centres of miniature painting. The Jaipur and Amber styles have a recognizable Mughal influence. Kota paintings have a spontaneous feel, are calligraphic in execution and emphasize on double lidded eye and marked shading. The Kishangarh School is a fusion between the local Hindu and Mughal influences.

Pichwais and Phads are other distinct styles. In Phichwai, scenes from the life of Lord Krishna are the theme followed. Pichwais of Nathdwara are most famous. They are so called as these paintings used to be and still are, hung behind the deity as a curtain. In Udaipur, also known for its Pichwais, the paintings were created on both cloth and walls. While the themes are the same at both places, the styles of painting are entirely different.

Long cloths painted with red colors, and depicting the life story of popular local legend Pabuji are the hallmark of Phad paintings. Goddess Saraswati and Lord Ganesh, the Goddess of learning and remover of obstacles respectively, are also eulogized in these paintings. The life events of warrior heroes like Goga Chauhan, Prithviraj Chauhan, Amar Singh Rathor and Tejaji are another important theme of Phad paintings. Phad is also a form of regional singing here with same themes as the paintings.

Rajasthan is known for its marble, bronze and brass sculptures. Fine carvings have traditionally been a hallmark of this region and are found in architecture, as well as furniture of Rajasthan. Similarly, stone sculptures decorate the various palaces and havelis, while marble and metal are used to create artifacts. The best place to see the sculptures of Rajasthan are its various museums. The artifacts may be purchased in local bazaars and state government run emporiums.  
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