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PAINTINGS & ART (GI)

PAINTINGS & ART (GI)

Indian painting has a very long tradition and history in Indian art, though because of the climatic conditions very few early examples survive. Indian paintings can be broadly classified as murals, miniatures and paintings on cloth. Paintings on cloth were often produced in a more popular context, often as folk art, used for example by travelling reciters of epic poetry, such as the Bhopas of Rajasthan and Chitrakathi elsewhere, and bought as souvenirs of pilgrimages. Very few survivals are older than about 200 years, but it is clear the traditions are much older. Some regional traditions are still producing works.