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Indian Painting in the Punjab Hills

Title:Indian Painting in the Punjab Hills
Author:Chandra, Moti
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 6 Issue no. 1; Deepavali 1952, p. 22-27
Abstract:This is a review article on W.G. Archer's work of the same title, with specific references to Archer's study of Pahari paintings. The reviewer is of the opinion that the new art in the hill states was probably established by some painters who migrated from Kashmir in the 18th century. Art traditions were not bound by geographical or political conditions, and the conventions of the Basohli school are found as far as Nepal and in the painted patas of Bengal. The racial affinity of Basohli Rajas with the Palas of Bengal and Bihar probably points to an earlier origin of the Basohli style. The decipherment of Takri inscriptions is essential for the study of Pahari painting. Archer's early dating of the Ramayana series of Guler is disputed, and his chapter on Punch painting is considered controversial, as there is no proof for a local school of painting. The chapter on Jammu provides new material including points on the style of Nainsukh of Guler who worked in Jammu. An addendum by Archer corrects earlier information in his book regarding a series of Basohli pictures, based on Karl Khandalavala's rectification.

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