Painting as an art form in Kishangarh is a very old tradition dating back nearly three hundred and fifty years. This art in its heyday with its influences deeply steeped in Radha Krishna bhakti and the splendour of the natural beauty around the environs of Kishangarh had a unique ethereal almost mystical quality.
Historically speaking the Indian artiste has always been a artisan, examples of this can be found in the shilpshastras with the idea and creative inputs of the patron and skill and talent of the artist both combining harmoniously to produce works beyond any worldly beauty. One of the greatest examples of this can be seen here in Kishangarh between Nihal Chand master artist and Raja Sawant Singh (c.1748-1764) in a brief span of 30 odd years a new dimension and atelier evolved. Which culminated in India’s most celebrated paintings the “Radha’ famously called the Mona Lisa of India and often misquoted as ‘Bani Thani’.
Three centuries after the formation of the fantastically brilliant school of art the royal family of Kishangarh still keeping with the tradition of their forefather are trying to infuse new patronage in a slowly dying form of art. The studio is a testament to our belief in the preservation and the continuation of the Kishangarh school of miniature painting.
The studio is an amalgamation of old aesthetics and techniques with new materials and concepts. Housed in the Phool Mahal Palace at the foot of the Kishangarh fort, giving the artist an ideal inspirational environment to work in. The studio’s aim is twofold firstly to preserve miniature painting by giving employment to local artists many of whom have had this vocation in their family for generations, secondly to introduce new ideas to revitalise traditional art by introducing new themes, adding functionality to art, exploring Indian mythology and the influence of ‘Radha Krishna’ in ‘bhakti’ as well as diversifying into new product areas.
Meet Our Founder
Studio Kishangarh was founded in 2010 by Princess Vaishnavi Kumari of Kishangarh as an effort to inject new patronage into the traditional art form of miniature paintings. With her training in design and knowledge of art history as well as maintaining the Royal families tradition of supporting cultural fields such as art, music, literature etc she endeavours to bring Kishangarh art to a global audience.