Tanjore School, Mysore School& Folk Paintings: Madhubani and Pattachitra for Rajasthan PSC Exam

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Tanjore School

Tanjor School
  • By Chola rulers
  • Theme-hindu Gods and Goddesses
  • Pictures of child Krishna-smiling faces of figures
  • Mainly glass paintings miniature
  • Pure concentration on decoration
  • Liberal use of gold

Mysore School

  • th th century
  • Theme Hinduism
  • Particular type of paste known as GESSO.
  • Paste made of zinc oxide and Arabic gum
  • Unique feature-it has two or more figures. The main subject is shown larger than others (inequality)
  • Use of muted colors
  • Mostly miniature paintings

Folk Paintings

  • Developed regionally
  • Folk tales, native heroes painted
  • Local vegetation,
  • Reflects the customs and culture directly

Madhubani Paintings

Madhubani Paintings
  • Mithila region, Bihar
  • Theme Hindu Gods, mythology, wedding scenes, festival scenes, erotic scenes, Royal court scenes
  • Exclusively done by women painters
  • Before mural paintings mainly
  • After shifted to miniature paintings
  • No space left empty
  • Unique feature outline directly drawn with brush without any preliminary sketching
  • D figures
  • Symbols are used instead of things
  • Used of coloured rice Aripan
  • Kohbar-mural paintings in bedroom-erotic theme
  • Painters-Sita Devi


  • Traditional painting of Orissa, India.
  • Based on Hindu Mythology and inspired by Jagannath and Vaishnava cult.
  • Natural colours are used in fully old traditional way by Chitrakaras that is Oriya Painter
  • Is painted on canvas (Patta) . Carefully done craftsmanship, rich colors, unique designs & creative motifs, & simple themes, which are chiefly mythological in origin on canvas.
  • Paintings on the cave walls of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, Konark temple, and many other temples in Orissa.