Modi’s Gift to Deuba: An Exquisite Radha Krishna Miniature Painting from the “Pahari School”


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has presented an exquisite miniature painting of the traditional “Pahari School” from Himachal Pradesh to his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is on a three-day visit to India.

The painting, according to official sources, depicts the season of Shravan, a month associated with heavy rains, is part of the traditional “Barrahmasa series” and depicts Radha and Krishna, under a canopy of thundering monsoon clouds, in loving conversation with each other graceful looks while gently holding hands.

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The thundering clouds and tranquil landscape are an allegory for the turbulent inner emotions of Radha and Krishna, which stand in stark contrast to their calm outer demeanor, making the Barahmasa paintings not only illustrations of the seasons, but also a medium to express human communicating emotions and moods, they found.

Set in a beautiful landscape of lush flora and folk-style huts, the intricately rendered painting depicts the tranquil beauty of Himachal Pradesh, particularly from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

This was a period of intense creativity when the Pahari School of Miniature Painting, with sub-schools such as Kangra, Guler and Bhasoli, was founded under royal patronage and reached its stylistic pinnacle.

They noted that this contemporary masterpiece is representative of the painting style that originated in Kangra.

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