CONTENTS:- Acknowledgements; List Of Coloured Transparencies; List Of Illustrations; The Punjab In The Nineteenth Century; Paintings In Punjab-A Survey; Paintings In Punjab-Themes; Patrons And Artists; Stylistic Analysis, Material, Technique; Palce of the Painting in Punjab in the Field of Indian Painting.
'Painting in Punjab’ is a doctoral thesis approved by Meerut University, Meerut (India). It is a first comprehensive survey of visual arts (miniature painting, illustrated manuscripts and mural painting) which flourished in the land of Five rivers governed by the Lion of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) as also the area reigned by East Punjab Rajas known as ruler of Cis-Sutlej i.e. Malwa states; Maharaja Narinder Singh (1845-1862) being the prominent among the patraons of art and learning whose contribution excelled all in this respect. The present study covers miniatures, illuminated manuscripts as well as the mural painting done in both the areas of Punjab thus discovering and establishing for the first time a definitive movement of visual arts which existed in Punjab of nineteenth century. This brings to the attention of scholarly world a rich style of painting known as ‘Punjab Painting’ hitherto unknown just like other Indian schools of painting viz Mughal, Rajput and Pahari painting with all the salient features of any art movement inherent in it. Special feature of the book lies in the fact that it sheds light on the social life of the painters who made creative and beautiful environments-royal and private both-but thus far remained in oblivion. Simultaneously it seeks to trace the presence of amour artists in both regions and their family genealogies which help us to track down the movement of art from one princely center to another. One such family was Chughtai family which came from Heart (Persia) and settled in Lahore, and its members were responsible for significant contribution to creative arts of Punjab specially during the life time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the capital town of Lahore. Unique feature of the book is that it offers to the reader an opportunity to see the flowering of Vaishnavite art in the courts of tolerant Sikh rulers of both trans-Sutlej as well as Cis-Sutlej areas of Punjab.