Basholi Miniature Painting

The early Pahari paintings or the Basholi paintings are miniature paintings of the mid-17th century and are associated with the king of Basholi, a town in the foothills of Sivalik mountains. The characteristics of these paintings are that they are extremely colourful and full of energy and emotions. The subject usually included portraits of Hindu gods and local rajas(rulers) in plain white garments. Other themes included religious and historical motifs. The prominent portraits of many-headed Shiva and many-armed Durga have a strong Indian element in them.