Miniature Painting: Jaipur School

National Awardee Shri Hanuman Saini, born in 1969, is from Sanganer Jaipur, Rajasthan. Knee towards arts, Saini started practicing miniature art at the age of 15 years. During his art learning and practice, his fascination towards Jaipur, Kishangarh, Kangda, Bundi, Mewar and Muhgal school. Jaipur School inspired him adapt this traditional art practice of Rajasthan. He was awarded National Award by Honourable Previous President Shri Pranab Mukherjee in 2015.  At present he is working as full time artist in Jaipur.

  • Type: Online
  • Level: Beginner & Intermediate
  • Duration: 10 Lessons
  • Eligibility: Anyone can enrol
  • Tuition Fee: INR4000/-
  • Kit: Includes 3 wasli sheet and set of 8 miniature painting traditional brushes (Free courier within India)
  • December 9, 2015 Former President of His Excellency Mr Pranab Mukherjee awarded Humunam Saini with National Award for his excellence miniature painting work Swarglok.
  • December 9, 2015 at he was honoured by Union Textile Minister Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in Delhi.
  • December 14, 2015 Saini was honoured by Agriculture Development Agency (Ruda) and Development Commissioner HandiCraft, Government of India.
  • The Handloom export corporation of India Ltd (HHEC) invited him  to teach miniature painting in the city of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and Europe.
  • The Rajasthan Culture Fair was organised in Brazil and Hanuman Saini not only showcased his art but also took workshop.
  • Saini’s excellence in miniature painted resulted in many awards and opportunities.

Rajasthani Miniature Painting

The art of Miniature painting was introduced to the land of India by the Mughals, who brought the much-revealed art form from Persia. In the sixteenth century, the Mughal ruler Humayun brought artists from Persia, who specialized in miniature painting. The succeeding Mughal Emperor, Akbar built an atelier for them to promote the rich art form. These artists, on their part, trained Indian artists who produced paintings in a new distinctive style, inspired by the royal and romantic lives of the Mughals. The particular miniature produced by Indian artists in their own style is known as Rajput or Rajasthani miniature. During this time, several schools of painting evolved, such as Mewar (Udaipur), Bundi, Kotah, Marwar (Jodhpur), Bikaner, Jaipur, and Kishangarh.

These paintings are done with utmost care and in minute details, with strong lines and bold colours set in harmonious patterns. The miniature artists use paper, ivory panels, wooden tablets, leather, marble, cloth and walls for their paintings. Indian artists employed multiple perspectives unlike their European counterparts in their paintings. The colours are made from minerals and vegetables, precious stones, as well as pure silver and gold. The preparing and mixing of colour is an elaborate process. It takes weeks, sometimes months, to get the desired results. The brushes are required to be very fine, and to get high-quality results. Traditionally, the paintings are aristocratic, individualistic and strong in portraiture, where the plush court scenes and hunting expedition of royalty are depicted. Flowers and animals are also the recurrent images in the paintings.

Today, many artists continue to make miniature paintings on silk, ivory, cotton, and paper. However, with the passage of time, the natural colours have been replaced by poster colours. The schools of miniature have also been commercialized, and the artists mostly replicate the work produced by the old painters.

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