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The Indian traditional painting in India is very old and varied as the land itself. The painting as a form of art has started in India since ancient times. The pre-historic paintings in India is first discovered on the walls of the caves in Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh where the prehistoric men inscribed and painted the scenes from game, animals and man in the simple geometric lines and colors on the cave walls. All these painted geometric designs and symbols were also been found in the pottery items belonging to the Indus valley civilization. Well, the traditional painting in India reached the highest point in the similar murals and frescoes on the walls of cave Ajanta and Ellora. The life style and color shade of Ajanta and Ellora cave paintings are yet marvel to the beholders eyes.


By the way, this tradition of Indian Art and also the traditional Indian painting started during medieval period is remembered for the Persian styled miniature painting which was introduced by the Mughals. This particular style powered local miniature schools in Rajasthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and Kangra. The Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts are other aspect of Indian medieval painting. But according to time, Indian traditional painting became a sort of mixture of various traditions and culture, still each was different with their own style. The Mughal paintings were exclusive combination of Indian, Persian and Islamic styles. While the Mughal paintings exclusively depict the court life, the Mithila or Madhubani art simply gives rustic expression of village woman, narrating folk life and mythologies. Then after, Pahari Paintings which are other forms of miniature paintings and it flourished during the period of 17th to 19th century. This is a sort of Rajput painting that evolved in the Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab states of India. It was also revealing the various focal themes. The Rajput paintings introduced in the late 16th to 17th century and it typically represents the Mughal influence as Mughals ruled the most of the small princely states in Rajasthan. Moreover, there comes the Mysore painting that is also one of the traditional painting which is indeed a classical form of South Indian traditional, painting, evolved in the Mysore city in the Karnataka. This particular painting flourished mostly under the reign of Wodeyars. Tanjore painting is another classical art of South India, which developed in the Thanjavur village of Tamilnadu and is marked distinctly for dense composition, surface richness and vibrant colors.


As such, the various forms of traditional painting in India is therefore vivid and very lively. They are sometimes seems to be refined and sophisticated, while bold and vigorous at the same time.

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The Indian traditional painting in India is very old and varied as the land itself. The painting as a form of art has started in India since ancient times.