Laharu is a significant figure in the world of Pahari miniature paintings. He came from the Gujarati Manikanth family of painters in Chamba and was active during the reign of Raja Umed Singh (1748–64).
Laharu’s work focuses on the male and female physiognomy and shows utter disregard for the…
The Devi Kothi temple, in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, was constructed by Raja Umed Singh in 1754 CE. According to Chamba’s folk narrative, the king commissioned the construction of the temple, dedicated to Goddess Chamunda, on the fulfilment of a wish.
Raja Umed Singh was inclined towards…
Padmashree Dr Vijay Sharma is a miniature painter and senior artist at the Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba. He is an expert on Pahari miniature paintings.
Following is an edited transcript of the interview conducted over email on September 29, 2018.
Sarang Sharma: Could you start by telling us about…
The town of Chamba, located in the North-Western Himalayan region, was established in the eleventh century by Raja Sahilla of Varmana dynasty. The town holds a rich heritage of temple construction which dates back to the twelfth century. The temples of Chamba have attracted the attention of…
Jay jay bole baba
Ene chele den chhe jawaabaa
Te aay manimesh gaano chho
Lagi paddariya ti chadaayi
Bhole nathe deya aay de padri maje sithe tapai ho
Aay loke paap kamure
Bhole nath bi samzi gure te
Ten huni gaita mukaane chhe
Bhole nathe ti bui merbani
Tene likhro isaao daano paani
The air has become cold and the days have grown short. Winter has set in in the mountains and the farmers have sown their rabi crops. A thin layer of water flows in the Manoni stream that passes through Rakkar and Sidhbari, two neighbouring villages in the northern part of the Kangra valley.…
The Case of Sidhbari and Rakkar in the Kangra Valley
Every region in a country as vast as India has its own cultural variations. Although the cultural principles may remain the same, the manifestation of these principles is often different. This is implicit in the formation of any village, its…
Chandramolle Modgil: How significant is wood, as a raw material, in Himalayan Buddhist structures?
Laxman S. Thakur: Whether in Buddhist or brahmanical structures, wood has been very used prominently. In Himachal, there is archaeological evidence of wood right from the first century CE, when some…
In the hilly region of Chamba, which has extensive forests, wood is chiefly used for building, both in ordinary dwellings and in edifices of a more ornamental character, such as temples and shrines. In Bharmour, which is one of the five tehsils of the present Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, we…