Overview for Rajasthani Miniatures: The Magic of Strokes and Colours
A comprehensive book on the miniature paintings of Rajasthan, it highlights the distinctiveness of the painting style* This volume contains an exquisite collection of paintings, painstakingly sourced from museums and private collectors* The study covers the various regions and rulers of Rajasthan, their influence on this style and the significant themes of the miniature paintings. A large bulk of Indian miniature paintings comes from Rajasthan. These miniatures are endowed with warm colors, primitive vigor, directness of expression and all that corresponds to the unique land of Rajasthan. They encompass its fun and festivities, the charming women and heroic men who fought with valour, loved with great zeal and warmth, celebrated each moment of life and died like great heroes. The major schools of miniatures of Rajasthan are Mewar, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jaipur, Alwar, Bundi, Kotah, Kishangarh and Nathdwara. The Rajasthani painter saw hardly any contradiction in combining romance with religion, or the mundane with the transcendental. Rajasthani Miniatures: The Magic of Strokes and Colors presents, through a detailed narrative and exquisite photographs, a glimpse into this art that has spanned several millennia. It traces the stylistic sources of Rajasthani miniatures, discovering elements that go beyond geography and time to reveal Rajasthani art's generic growth. The miniatures have varying styles, belong to different schools and have been painted under many succeeding patrons with different tastes and preferences. This book reflects the uniqueness of Rajasthani art, where shades and strokes come together in what almost appears as a divine interplay to create magic.
Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Stylistic Sources. 3. Perception of Nature. 4. Medium, Style and Color. 5. Significant Themes. 6. Schools of Rajasthani; Paintings. Acknowledgements. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.
An eminent art scholar Dr. Daljeet, is the Curator in-charge of the Department of Painting, National Museum, New Delhi. Several books, catalogues, portfolios and articles on Indian Art and Painting are to her credit. She began her career as an archaeologist, and traveled in India and abroad extensively in connection with her studies and work. Her prestigious volume on the Mughal and Deccani paintings from the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi, has been widely acclaimed by the scholars and art connoisseurs. Her other noteworthy works are Shakuntala, Immortal Miniatures and Monuments of India. Shakuntala and Monuments of India are authored jointly with Prof. P.C. Jain. She was awarded jointly with Prof P.C. Jain Delhi State Award-Vishist Kriti Samman 2002-2003 for their book entitled "Krishna: Raga se Viraga Tak". In 1999, she was commissioned by the Government of Punjab to set up a special exhibition on the Sikh Heritage at Anandpur Sahib in connection with the Tercentenary Celebrations of the Birth of the Khalsa. The culmination of this has led to her book "The Sikh Heritage: A Search for Tatality" published in 2004. "Sri Harimandar Sahib: the Body Visible of the Invisible Supreme", In English and Gurmukhi, another recent work authored jointly with Prof. P.C. Jain, has been well received by art lovers in general and Sikh community in particular.