Miniature Paintings at Shimla State Museum

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Shown in the video is the collection of Pahari Miniature Paintings in the Shimla State Museum in Himachal Pradesh. Most of the collection belongs to ‘Kangra- Kalam’ (one of the main forms of Pahari paintings).

As the name suggests, Pahari painting literally means paintings from the hills of India, in the sub-Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh and is a type of Indian painting. The style has undergone a lot of modification during its lifetime. In places like Basohli, Nurpur, Chamba, Kangra, Guler, Mandi and Garhwal paintings were mostly done in miniature forms.

The state museum is a major attraction of the Mall area of Shimla and is built in the style of a colonial mansion with sprawling lawns all around. This museum was inaugurated in 1974.

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