Monday, February 27, 2017

A PAHARI MINIATURE PAINTING AND SHIVRATRI GREETINGS TO MY FRIENDS


                                                                                   

SHIVA AND PARVATI COMING FROM MOUNT KAILASA ..


A PAHARI MINIATURE PAINTING BY KHUSHALA SON OF MANAKU

( MANAKU WAS   REAL BROTHER OF NAINSUKH AND BOTH WERE SONS OF EMINENT PAHARI PAINTER PANDIT SIEU RAINA OR SHIV RAINA A KASHMIRI PANDIT. NAINSUKH WAS WORLD RENOWNED PAHARI PAINTER FROM GULER.)



HERAT MUBARAK AND SHIVRATRI GREETINGS TO MY FRIENDS ..

(Autar Mota )


PS

Kashmiris have immensely contributed  towards the development of  Pahari school of Art. A family of RAZADAN ( RAINA ) Brahmins from Kashmir who were artists, moved out of Kashmir sometime around 1660 A.D. when they found no patronage to their work in valley and settled in various Rajput Hilly kingdoms on both sides of river RAVI. The family Head PANDIT SHIV RAINA ( who later came to be known as SEU RAINA was a master of PALA STYLE OF ART ) joined as artist in the kingdom of RAJA DALIP SINGH OF GULER . NAIN SUKH (Nana ) AND MANAKU ( Manna ) where his sons who later on revolutionized the Miniature Pahari Art by joining various hilly Rajput kingdoms. It is also believed that the next generation of this group of migrant Brahmins from kashmir did not move towards plains of the country in view of Death and destruciton created by Nadir Shah and Ahmed Shah Abdali's invasions.
While Shiv Raina was an artist , other RAZADANS or RAINAS who were Brahmins and who also migrated out from kashmiri valley , took up employment in the Durbars of various Hilly Rajput Kingdoms . Some amongst these migrant Pandits , who were well versed in Hindu scriptures, were employed as Raj Purohits by various Pahari Rulers .The Raj Purohit of Basholi Kingdom was a Kashmiri RAZADAN who was granted sufficient land by the ruler . Even to this day, this RAZADAN family owns land in and around Basholi town. Again the Raj Purohit of Haripur was a Raina Brahmin from kashmir.
These Razdans / Rainas of kashmir settled themselves in Sujanpur Tira , Nurpur , Haripur , Chamba , Kangra , Bilaspur , Hamirpur , Basholi , Jammu , Jasrota ,Mandi , Kulu , Palampur and other hilly kingdoms of Himachal and nearby Jammu and Uttrakhand .

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