Kangra Painting

The Kangra school refers to the painting which existed in the Kangra valley and in the adjacent Punjab plains.

In Kangra paintings the main theme is the story of Lord Krishna.
There are some naturalistic drawings of flowers and fruits but no “Ragamalas”.
The colour is tender and charming. The eyes of figures are long strokes of the brush as in the Ajanta paintings. The paintings are realistic and prove that the artists have studied nature.
The Kangra style can be seen in the paintings during the period of Shah Jahan in whose time Molaram, a painter was a descendant of Rajput painters, worked at the Mughal court.