Modi’s Gift to Deuba: An Exquisite Miniature Painting of Radha, Krishna of the ‘Pahari School’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is on a three-day visit to India, with an exquisite miniature painting of the traditional “pahari school” of Himachal Pradesh. The painting, according to official sources, depicts the season of shravan, a month associated with heavy rains, is part of the traditional “Barahmasa series” and shows Radha and Krishna, under a canopy of thundering monsoon clouds, engaged in a loving conversation with their graceful looks, while gently holding hands.

The thundering clouds and calm landscape are an allegory of the turbulent inner emotions of Radha and Krishna which contrast sharply with their calm outer demeanor, thus making Barahmasa’s paintings not only illustrations of the seasons but also a means of communicating the emotions and human moods. , they noted.

The intricately rendered painting is set against a beautiful landscape of lush flora and folk huts, illustrating the tranquil beauty of Himachal Pradesh, particularly from the 17th to 19th centuries.

It was a period of intense creativity when the “Pahari school of miniature painting” with sub-schools like Kangra, Guler and Bhasoli was established under royal patronage and reached its stylistic peak.

This contemporary masterpiece is representative of the style of painting originating in Kangra, they noted.

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