Rajasthan Arts – Exploring the Miniature Paintings in Udaipur City

Rajasthani handicrafts and the outstanding art forms are renowned globally. And Udaipur, the capital of Mewar, is a major contributor to this recognition. Last year we got a chance to explore a few exclusive art forms of Udaipur city practiced by the artisans for generations. Here is an account of a few which caught our attention.

Exploring the Miniature Paintings in Udaipur City

Gajraj - elephant miniature painting Udaipur

Wandering the streets of Suraj Pol, in the look out for something original, we stumbled across some beautiful elephant wall paintings. On inquiring about the artist we were directed to his studio nearby. Lalit Sharma gave us a warm welcome and showed us around his displayed pieces of artworks.

He mentioned  that his family has been in the profession of designing miniature paintings for several generations. His grandfather used to serve great king Maharana Bhupal Singh and garnered many awards for his excellence. His great-grandfather used to create artworks for Maharana Fateh Singh. He still owns a masterpiece by his great- grandfather which depicts a procession of Maharana Sajjan Singh – a beautiful painting made using real gold paint. Needless to say it is priceless for him.

He showed us his works with such alacrity that the vibes were infectious! He showed us Radha Krishna paintings in blue colored theme, each of them had great detailing involved immensely appealing to the eyes.  His creations were in varied shapes and sizes to suit what art aficionados may prefer.

Maharajas of Udaipur - Miniature painting on canvas

Each creation takes a couple of days to weeks to design depending upon the detailing and size of artwork. The astonishing part was that the same panting could be reproduced by him in different sizes, surely an outcome of  practice, dedication and experience of more than 17 years. Check out the collection on Kalacafe’s facebook page.

At the studio of miniature paintings

The paintings are made with stone colors. The powder that is available in local markets is mixed with water and gum. In order to check if the color mix is ready to be used for painting, it needs to be touched with finger to see if it doesn’t stick back which confirms that the color is mixed well. It can then be used for painting on silk cloth or canvas. Black colors is derived from soot which is obtained from vessels put over chulhas – fireplace used for cooking in villages. Gum doesn’t mix very easily with soot but after laborious mixing it develops into color black  for the paintings.

He is no less than a true art director as composing a painting on a 12 X 4 feet canvas is surely a talent. This one particular painting had been decorated with delicate work using acrylic colors – there were musicians – horse riders, elephant pair (gajraj), dhola maru – camel and followers donning exquisite ornaments. He deals in wall hangings, conference wall arts, weddings, gifting pieces, etc.

Miniature painting - Royal procession

Miniature painting - Royal procession

Miniature painting - Royal procession

Although his children study in schools and colleges, he makes sure they do practice this art form during their free time  as he wishes to ensure that this art form survives through generations.

To buy some of these paintings, call us on +91 9920458957

Also, here are some sneak peaks into the marketplace as we roamed  the streets of Udaipur city.

The city clock


Old handmade paper shop - Udaipur city

Roaming streets of Udaipur

Roaming streets of Udaipur city

At the counter of an old post office

Roaming streets of Udaipur city

Roaming streets of Udaipur city

Udaipur city


KalaCafe deals in exclusive interior|exterior decors, art installations, custom designs of authentic Indian art forms like miniature art, terracotta works, batik, etc. – created by our highly experienced traditional artists and an in-house design team. We also organize workshops for art lovers who wish to learn new art forms from only the masters or none. Here, art aficionados get to stay with the artist gurus to learn and experience the process of creating the art form.

To buy authentic Indian art forms, call us on + 91 9920458957.

Follow us on http://www.facebook.com/thekalacafe for regular updates on products and events


One comment on “Rajasthan Arts – Exploring the Miniature Paintings in Udaipur City

  1. Sir , reallyrajsthan beauty and hard work with variety can see in kalacaffe.
    great to see and very appritiable . I also want to learn can u send me some details abt course i can join there for 2 month or more than that . With comfortable l and safe living place. I live in delhii
    thank yoy
    pls reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s