11 October 2013

Indian state paintings and painters

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State Paintings

Pattachitra (Odisha paintings)
Pattachitra is the folk painting of Odishha, painting on cloth and usually linked with the worship of Lord Jagannatha.
Famous artists - Jayadev, Kama Kujara
Picture of Gita govinda depicted in Pattachitra shown below.

Madhubani Painting

Famously called as "Mithila Painting" is a traditional painting culture for Bihar and also some parts of Nepal. These are paintings depicting Kali puja, holi, durga puja and occasions like birth, marriage etc.

Famous madhubhani artists - Jagdamba Devi, Mahasundari Devi (2008),[3] Sita Devi, Godavari Dutt, Bharti Dayal and Bua Devi. They recieved national awards.


It's a Bengal tradition of miniature painting (painting on small books, papers or cloths)

Rajput painting
Rajputana is the name given to Rajasthan by British. It specifically depicts the style of Ramayana and Mahabharata especially Krishna's life in miniature scripts.

Kangra Painting (Pahari paintings)
Is the official painting of Himalchal Pradesh (kangra). It mainly depicts the love story of Radha and Krishna as well as Bhagavata purna.


Mysore Paintings :
An important classical south Indian painting mostly illustrating the themes of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and something about Hindu mythology.


Tanjore Painting
This is the native painting style of Tanjore in Tamil Nadu. These paintings are known for their elegence, rich colors and attention to details.Like Mysore paintings,  Tanjore paintings illustrates the themes of Indian Gods, Goddesses and Hindu mythology

Mughal Painting
Mughal paintings were a unique blend of Indian, Persian and Islamic styles and were illustrated in miniatures (small bases like books). 

Mural (wall) paintings were famous in the past of Indian paintings. Huge pattern of large scale works were done on famous caves (around 20 locations)  like Ajanta, Ellora, Bagh, Armamalai, Sittanavasal, 


Wali paintings
This are the typical painting style of Tribal people or so called Adivasis.

Some of the famous Indian Painters/artists and their notable works were discussed here
  1. Abanindranath Tagore - Paintings here
  2. Rabindranath Tagore - Paintings here
  3. Nandalal Bose - Paintings here
  4. Raja Ravi Varma - Paintings here
  5. MF Hussain - Paintings here
  6. Jamini Roy - Paintings here
  7. B.G.Sharma - krishnaleela here
  8. Tyeb Mehta - paintings here
  9. Amrita Sher-Gil - Paintings here
  10. Satish Gujral - Art work here
  11. Nandlal Bose - Paintings here
  12. Bikash Bhattacharya - Paintings here
  13. Silpi - art works here

Some other notable artists

  • Sunil Das
  • Jatin Das
  • F.N.Souza
  • Gopal Rao
  • Kalipada Ghoshal
  • Manishi Dey
  • Mukul Chandra Dey
  • S G Thakur Singh
  • Maniam
  • Norman Douglas Hutchinson

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  1. Hey,
    Can anyone PLEASE check the mock test from CEED 2016 pre exam links and post the answer keys(Part A and if possible also Part B) for verification.

    1. Not sure Sunil, I didn't check those ques, let's see if anyone could reply!

  2. Extra link for Indian folk art and tribal paintings:

    1. u really rock!
      thank u so much for sharing with others whatever u r finding useful, gud job and gud luck:)

  3. http://www.dollsofindia.com/library/indianpaintings/
    for full details of each art form :)

  4. Please provide a smaple paper for nid dat according to the new pattern i.e 70 marks mcq and 30 marks subjective
    Pls asap
    And pls give us tips to prepare well for section A (MCQ)

    1. You can get practice questions in NID section of this blog for section A.
      NID page with mock tests and Resources

  5. i think 'wali' paintings has to be corrected to 'warli' paintings.
    btw thank u for this awesome collection.

  6. If wants to study more about history of indian paintings and painters u can take help from ncert commercial book of class +1 and +2 they are rich with history of indian paintings + many other things

  7. thank you very much sir for this study material. I want know that there are several painting and artworks of many artists.They are too many to remember for exam as i have only 3 months left, please provide any opinion on this.

    1. u already mentioned that it calls for 'remembrance'! so i don't see any shortcut, except remembering those GK kind. The level varied depending on the individual. Even I suck at remembering things! But check my post on "how to start n what to practice" to know when is the right to study GK/GA.

  8. This is great . I got everything at one place finally. Thank you so much ! Keep up the good work.

  9. You can add sohrai and kohver paintimgs of Jharkhand. Batik paintings of Rajasthan.

  10. Hey can you update the links of "artist and their notable artworks" some of them are now showing 'not found'. Thank you so much for helping.

    1. some of the webpages seems to have withdrawn their posts. Anyway, u can chk the rest links. I will try to update them soon.


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