Basholi painting existed in Basholi a tiny state between the rivers of Ravi and Chenab.
Emotional scenes from a text called “Rasamanjari” formed the theme for these paintings, besides the Krishna legend.
Paintings are splendidly coloured each colour describing a particular emotion. A Plain background was preferred as that the figures would be prominent.
The origin of this school of painting is a subject of debate some attributing it to Rajasthan having much in common with the Rajasthani painting and some saying it has impact of Mughal miniature techniques.
The state of Gular drew inspiration from Basholi painting but developed a style of its own.