Ever thought of Ramayana depicted entirely through paintings? Well, more than 101 Ramayana based paintings are on display at National Museum titled as Rama Katha — The story of Rama through Indian miniatures.
The paintings created between 17-19 century depicts various parts of Valmiki’s story like, the Portrait of Rama, Hanuman carrying the Dongiri mountain Rama breaking the Shiva’s bow in king Janak’s court, Rama, Laxman and the golden deer, fire ordeal of Sita, Ravan on his golden throne among others.
The paintings also throw light on varied interpretations of the same story across stylistic genres like Pahari style, Kalighat style, Rajasthani style, Moughal style and many more. The paintings have been collected from various parts of India and more than 70 paintings are on display for the first time. The selection of art work has been done carefully so that each style is exhibited and viewers can compare, understand and imbibe the styles.
The exhibition promises to be an experience of different styles of miniature paintings.
Later this year, these paintings will travel to Royal Museum of Art and History at Brussels in Belgium, to be displayed.