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…
The concept of demigods, or devtas, is ancient and is prevalent across the Himalayan region. The belief that these demigods rule over the land as owners, and take care of the people and their possessions, has led to a unique cultural system in the region. Traditionally, demigod worship is based…
Kullu Dussehra is an annual event that happens in the month of October in the Kullu town of Himachal Pradesh. The objective of this research is to document the unique structure of the Devi-Devta system in Kullu district and how this culminates into a large religious and social festival.
This video elaborates on the deeper meaning of folk songs in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh, with particular references to nature and tradition. It follows the songs as well as conversations with people who perform them.
Dr Vyathit explains the various aspects of the folk songs, dances and theatre of the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, beginning with the specific role of the Scheduled Caste community and the purpose behind these art forms. The video follows the Pakhru type of songs (related to the…