Rajsathan has many schools
of painting having their own districts styles, well known among them being
Marwar, Mewar, Hadoti Kishangarh, Dhundhur
The Miniature Paintings of Rajsthan which had flourishedunder princely patronage are still reproduced and descendants of the original craftsmen continue to produce
miniture masterpieces, retaining their classic elegance . They are often made on hand made paper
mathological the ms from Ramayana, Krishna Lila, Ragamala, and
Geetgovinda are commonly used . In the paintaings , Vivdly
rendred are hills valleys, gardens, palaces, court scenes and relifious processions.
Palaces, Havelies, even huts are commonly having Walls and ceilings covered with colorful paintings in Rajasthan. Some of the finest paintings can be seen in havelis of the Shekhawati region and the ancient towns of Bundi and Kota. And some of the most humorous on the walls of houses tucked away in the lanes of Jaisalmer.
From the 16th century onwards, various schools of painting flourished in Rajasthan - the Mewar School, Bundi - Kota Kalam, Bikaner, Jaipur, Marwar and Kishangarh Schools. Each school having an inimitable and distinctive style.
Phad paintings, depicting the life of Pabuji a local hero, now deified are predominantly red and green coloured long scrolls carried by the Bhopas. They are unfurled by these itinerant balladeers of Rajasthan, who, narrate in song the legend of Pabuji on auspicious occasions to the accompaniment of the folk instrument 'Ravanhatta.
Made by the Joshis of Shahpur, near Bhilwara, Phads are now also available in smaller panels portraying single incidents or characters from the epic.
The Pichwais are cloth paintings hung in temples. These Pichwais depicting Lord Krishna, as Shrinathji in different moods, are hung behind his image in the temple and changed according to the season. Done in dark rich hues on rough hand-spun cloth, they have deep religious roots and are devotionally rendered by the painters. Today, Pichwais are being painted in Udaipur and Nathdwara.
It is the folk craft of decorating houses. Red sand and chalk powder are used to make designs on floorsand walls. This art is quite popular in the rural areas of Rajasthan. Different types of square, rectangular and floral designs are made, suiting the particular season or festival. Several Mandana motifs have started appearing on block-printed textiles also.
Marble Carving / Paintings
Marble from Rajasthan has been used for construction of famous monuments like Taj Mahal. Marble objects range from decorative plates to boxes and animal figures. White marble is painted, sometime with real gold. Even miniature paintings are done on marble. Jaipur is the main centre for exquiste marble objects.