Basholi Paintings : GI Tag
The world-famous Basohli Painting which is popular for its miniature art style from Kathua district of Jammu has obtained the Geographical Indication (GI) Tag.
- Basholi paintings originated in the Basholi region of Jammu and Kashmir.
- It is a reputed school of miniature paintings known for its vivid, evocative colours, bold lines, and deep-set facial patterns.
- It is considered the first school of Pahari paintings
- The Basholi painting style flourished during the 17th and 18th centuries under the patronage of local rulers and wealthy merchants.
- It has peculiar characteristics, they have perfect geometrical patterns, bright colours and glossy enamel.
- Colours used: Ochre yellow, brown, and green grounds predominating.
- The figures in the paintings are shown clad in rich costumes, stylised faces and large bulging eyes lent unique individuality to these paintings.
- Themes: The portraits of local rulers, Radha-Krishna, and Madhava-Malati love themes and themes from the Bhagavata Purana.
- These are painted on paper, cloth, or wood using natural pigments and dyes.