CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction: (a) A Brief History of Important Painting Styles in North India; (b) Relationship between Jaina and Non-Jaina Paintings of the Western Indian Style; (c) Cultural Background of the 15th and 16th Centuries; 2. Painting Styles of North India from 11th to 15th Centuries: (a) Western Indian or Apabhramsa Style; (b) Illustrated Digambara Manuscripts from Moodbidri (Karnataka); (c) Pala or Eastern Indian Painting Style; (d) Sultanate Painting Style; 3. 15th Century Manuscripts Illustrating Secular and Hindu Themes: (a) Manuscripts Illustrating Secular Themes; (b) Manuscripts Illustrating Hindu Themes; 4. Some Aspects of the Chaurapanchasika Group of Paintings of Early 16th Century.
The present study aims at highlighting Indian Painting from an obscure area till recently supposed to be one of the dark periods of its history. Here the focus is on the non-Jain illustrations, such as, the Balagopala Stuti, Gita Govinda, Devi Mahatmya, Vasant Vilasa, and Laura Chanda, which were generally overlooked under the glare of the Jain group (between 11th to 16th Century AD). The Great Indian Painting blossomed into the early 16th century, if not earlier, first as "Proto Rajasthani" and subsequently as the regional Rajasthani schools, and was destined to impact early Mughal paintings, consequently the Pahari schools.