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Some Ramayana and Bhagwata Drawings of Chamba

Title:Some Ramayana and Bhagwata Drawings of Chamba
Author:Mittal, Jagdish
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 8 Issue no. 3; June 1955, p. 26-31
Abstract:The writer disagrees with Hermann Goetz's view that the Bhagwata paintings of Bhuri Singh Museum are nearer to the Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures; he believes that they carry a strong Basohli influence and are works of the Basohli artists of Chamba. The Ramayana set referred to by Goetz is believed to be a later version (end 18th or early 19th century) of the present Ramayana drawings of the early days of Umed Singh's reign (about 1750), executed by the artists of Basohli. The Ramayana drawings display a more mature hand than the Bhagwata set, and most depict Rama's war with Ravana. These Chamba drawings -- 120 Ramayana and 40 Bhagwata -- from the family collection of the artist Biloo Mistry of Chamba, are now in various collections, including the author's.

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