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The Wall Paintings of Chamba

Title:The Wall Paintings of Chamba
Author:Mittal, Jagdish
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 8 Issue no. 3; June 1955, p. 38-42, 97
Abstract:Rang Mahal in Chamba, built by Umed Singh (1748-64) and his successors, houses murals which were conceived by one master (or a group of artists of equal calibre), but executed by various artists: Durga, his son Mangnu, and the descendents of Hindu and Muslim artists from Basohli and Guler. Their subjects cover Krishna Lila, Mahabharata, Ramayana, dalliances of Shiva and Parvati, and Durga Path. It is likely that some Guler-Kangra artists assisted in painting these murals, as the quality, subject, and finish are in the Guler style. One general defect is that they are mostly enlarged versions of miniatures, the composition of which suits only a miniature. However, they are important as they may offer incidental evidence of the Indian tradition of wall paintings in its last stages. The production process for the paintings is elaborated. Besides murals, painting was also done on wooden panels for doors and windows.

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