Miniature paintings an identity of Kangra valley – DC

Dharmashala: “Effective steps will be taken to encourage Kangra painting and the youth would be encouraged to associate with it,” Rakesh Prajapati, district magistrate said after inaugurating a 3 day Kangra painting exhibition at Mount View Complex in Mcleodganj here on Saturday.

Kangra paintings is a heritage art and it still gives an identity of the region, said Prajapati   

He added that in Kangra paintings one can have a glimpse of the ancient culture and for its protection, Kangra Art Promotion Society is doing  better work. The society is promoting young  generation towards Kangra Paintings. 

The district administration will provide all possible assistance for the protection of Kangra painting, he said.


Schools of this delicate miniature painting style, a rare pictorial art of the valley, were patronised by many rulers of Kangra. .

The main centres of these paintings from the 17th to 19th century were at Guler, Basohli, Chamba, Nurpur, Bilaspur and Kangra, but later they spread to Mandi, Suket, Kulu, Arki, Nalagarh and Tehri Garhwal. Collectively known as Pahari school of paintings, many of the masterpieces of the paintings adorn the art galleries of famous museums around the world.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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