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The art of Miniature painting was introduced to the land of India by the Mughals, who brought the much-revealed art form from Persia. The particular miniature produced by Indian artists in their own style is known as Rajput or Rajasthani miniature. Originated in the 16th century, this art form is known for its incredibly detailed and elaborate style of images created on a highly minute canvas to bring out enchanting visuals. To immerse you in this intricate and colorful process of Miniature Painting in Jaipur, Padma Shri Syed Shakir Ali awaits you in his artistic studio.
The art form was first commissioned by Rajput kings to preserve the royal festivities in a narrative format. In Rajasthan, the location of the artisan modifies the painting styles and patterns. Every place tells a different story such as hunting scenes in Alwar, Deccan and Mughal elements in Bundi, and Hindu myths and legends in Bikaner.
Did you know? The miniature artists use paper, ivory panels, wooden tablets, leather, marble, cloth and walls for their paintings. Indian artists employed multiple perspectives unlike their European counterparts in their paintings.
Master Craftsman Padma Shri Syed Shakir Ali of Jaipur is a renowned miniature painter who specializes in the Mughal style of painting. He was born in 1956. He has been painting from the age of fifteen after completing graduation in 1978. He took up the guidance of renowned painters, Ram Gopal Vijayvargiya and Ved Pal Sharma and (Bannu) to learn Mughal and company styles of painting as well as traditional art. In 1981, he started showcasing his art in exhibitions and demonstrations. On 26th Jan. 2013 President of India honoured Shakir Ali with the Padma Shri Award. He has also restored old paintings in City Palace, Jaipur and Prince Wales Museum, Mumbai and they also have a collection of his paintings.
Since the last few years, he has been experimenting with new creativity and has started working in modern miniature and contemporary art where he is continuing with the miniature technique. His work is infused with delicacy and fineness of strokes that reveal his mastery over the technique of miniature painting. His workshop is artistic and elegant, with all kinds of Mughal and Persian miniature masterpieces. Immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind art experience that breathes culture. Take home a souvenir and memories of a lifetime.
- Be awe-struck by the intricacies of the Miniature Painting
- Get a live demonstration of the entire process
- One-on-one conversations with the award-winning artist
- Co-create a cherished memory
- Take home a little piece of Jaipur with you
- Be assisted by Rajasthan Studio team
- Small Group Sizes
- Sanitised Studio
- Raw materials and tools
- Specialized bilingual guide
- Handcrafted Souvenir to take home
- Tea/Coffee and boxed refreshments
- Photos and videos of the experience
- Sightseeing of the area