Photographer's Note

Bundi is one of the few places in India, which can lay its claim to an authentic School of Painting. "The Bundi School" is an important school of the Rajasthani style of Indian miniature painting that lasted from the 17th to the end of the 19th century in this princely state.

One of the earliest examples of the Bundi Paintings is the Chunar Ragamala painted in 1561. The painting showed marked influence of the Mughal style. The development of the Bundi School in the early 17th century is unclear but isolated examples of creative brilliance reveal the ongoing development of Bundi style. Bundi paintings emphasized on hunting, court scenes, festivals, processions, life of nobles, lovers, animals, birds and scenes from Lord Krishna's life.

Though Bundi School had a close association with the Mughal style yet it was never fundamental to the evolution and growth of Bundi paintings, however the delicacy of the Mughal style was also not abandoned.

The highlight of Bundi Palace is its stunning and awe-inspiring traditional murals. These murals would carry the visitors back into the period of Bundi royalty. These murals cover nearly the whole of the palace walls. However, only Chitrashala, a segment of the Bundi Palace, is open for public viewing. This segment houses an art gallery or pavilion where miniature colorful murals are exhibited. The walls, ceiling of this palace are completely covered with paintings of the Bundi school which are still in very good condition. These splendid paintings in the Chitrashala are par excellence and can be compared with probably the best anywhere in the world. The murals depict pictures from the Raaslila and Ragmala- the story of Radha and Krishna.

These paintings employed bold, bright colors of Rajasthani style however the delicacy of the Mughal style was also not abandoned.

I normally desist from posting photos of artworks, because as a photographer I am not adding any 'value' to the artwork. But I found these works of art so delightfully beautiful that I thought I share the same with exception made, in the spirit of TE :-)

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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