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This is Basohli

Basohli is a small town and is a Tehsil Headquarter. It is situated on the right bank of River Ravi at an altitude of 1876 ft. It is founded by Raja Bhupat Pal sometimes in 1635. It was known for magnificient places which are now in ruins and miniatures paintings (Basohli Paintings).

About 80 km. away from the district headquarters of Kathua, nestling among the low lying hills, stands a quaint little settlement, its withered magnificence a mute testimony to the glory it must have been in its heydey. Yet, the fortress town of Basohli, perched magnificently atop a low hill at the edge of a verdant wood has left a mark on the cultural horizon of India.

Basohli Painting (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia):: Basohli, a town of Kathua, is widely known for its paintings called Basohli Paintings. Immortalised by their artistic eminences and their connoisseur patrons, Basohli today is a metaphor for a vigorous, bold and imaginative artistic style, rich, stylish and unconventional. A style of painting characterized by vigorous use of primary colours and a peculiar facial formula prevailed in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in the foothills of the Western Himalayas in the Jammu and Punjab States. The earliest paintings in this style have been dated to the time of Raja Kirpal Pal (1678-93) .

The earliest paintings in this style originated in Basohli from where the style spread to the Hill States of Mankot, Nurpur, Kulu, Mandi, Suket, Bilaspur, Nalagarh, Chamba, Guler and Kangra. The first mention of Basohli painting is in the annual report of the Archaeological Survey of India for the year 1918-19 published in 1921. Referring to the acquisitions of the Archaelogical Section of the Central Museum, Lahore, the report states that "a series of old paintings of the Basohli School were purchased, and the Curator concludes that the Basohli Schools is possibly of pre-Moghul origin, and so called Tibeti pictures are nothing but late productions of this school".

During the rule of Amrit Pal (1757-1776) a good deal of painting in the Guler style was done at Basohli. Possibly it is the work of Ranjha, a son of Nainsukh, who had settled at that place. Guler style continued at Basohli during the rule of Vijay Pal (1776-1806) and Mahendra Pal (1806-1813) (Source- http://chdmuseum.nic.in)

school of Pahari miniature painting that flourished in the Indian hill states during the late 17th and the 18th centuries, known for its bold vitality of colour and line. Though the school takes its name from the small independent state of Basohli, the principal centre of the style, examples are found throughout the region.

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Basohli painting
school of Pahari miniature painting that flourished in the Indian hill states during the late 17th and the 18th centuries, known for its bold vitality of colour and line. Though the school takes its name from the small independent state of Basohli, the principal centre of the style, examples are found throughout the region.
Pahari painting
style of miniature painting and book illustration that developed in the independent states of the Himalayan foothills in India. The style is made up of two markedly contrasting schools, the bold intense Basohli and the delicate and lyrical Kangra. Pahari painting—sometimes referred to as Hill painting (pahari means the hills)—is closely related in conception and feeling to ...
Pahari style: Basohli school
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The origins of this remarkable style are not yet understood, but it is clear that the style was flourishing toward the close of the 17th century. The earliest dated paintings are illustrations to the Rasamanjari of Bhanudatta (a Sanskrit work on poetics), executed for a ruler of Basohli (1690; Boston Museum of Fine Arts). Bold colour, vigorous drawing, and primitive ...
Durga in Hindu mythology, one of the many forms of the goddess Sakti (Shakti), the consort of Siva (Shiva). Her best-known feat was the slaying of the buffalo-demon Mahisasura. According to legend, she was created for this purpose out of flames that issued from the mouths of Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, and the lesser gods. She was born fully grown and beautiful; nevertheless, she ...

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