Basohli was among the earliest centres of ‘Pahari’ Painting which developed in the 17th and 18th century in the hill States of Jammu and Punjab. It combined the ancient tradition of folk art, associated with Hindu mythology, and Moghul technique. From this happy fusion arose a style of painting which is distinguished by its vibant colours, simplicity, frankness and passionate approach to theme. This publication sums up the existing information on this school of painting, and presents thirty-eight of the finest examples of the school.
Late Dr. Mohinder Singh Randhawa was the President of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi and Chairman of the Punjab Arts Council. Dr. Randhawa was one of the most well known art critics and art historian of his times. His several books on Miniature Paintings published by the National Museum, New Delhi and Publications Division have won international acclaim. His book Indian Painting co-authored with Professor John Kenneth Galibraith earned excellent reviews from the world press.
Dr. Randhawa (February 02, 1909-March 03, 1988) born in Muktsar district of Punjab, did his Post Graduation from Government College, Lahore. He was awarded Doctorate in Science by the Punjab University for his pioneering work on algae. An able administrator from the ICS, Dr. Randhawa played a major role in bringing Green Revolution. He was instrumental in setting up the Punjab Agricultural University. As the first Commissioner of Chandigarh (UT), Dr. Randhawa was has been credited with the beautiful landscape and planned layout of Chandigarh City.
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