The rich cultural diversity of India is well reflected in the vivid, distinct and enchanting folk art and crafts. Various painting styles are prevalent across various regions, each representing tradition, customs, and ideologies passed on from one generation to other. Traditionally, most of the Indian painting styles existed as wall paintings or murals. In due course of time, urbanisation brought these painting forms on paper, canvas, and cloth etc. Indian painting styles are not just a reflection of the indigenous lifestyle but a perfect example of artistic expression through simple yet distinct composition.

Here are some of the popular Indian folk painting styles –

  • Madhubani Paintings
  • Warli Paintings
  • Kalighat Painting or Bengal Pat
  • Phad
  • Kalamkari
  • Miniature Painting
  • Gond Painting
  • Kerala Murals
  • Patachitra
  • Picchwai



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