Renaissance of the Indo-Saracenic Art


Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh hosted a workshop on the revival of Indo-Saracenic art, in association with Speaking Archaeologically on June 13, 2017. The whole workshop was divided into two sessions: Introductory Workshop and Live Art Session.

The workshop was organized with the motive of spreading inspiration for restoration of Raja Dhaulpur House in Kandaghat, erstwhile Kohsitan of Patiala.

Government Degree College, Kandaghat, Solan District would be functional from this (2017-18) academic session. The building originally belonged to Maharaja of Patiala. It is now fully renovated and the management team has decided to let the young artists help them restore it’s beauty through wall paintings.

image-1The Introductory workshop helped the participants in gaining acquaintance with different styles of paintings such as Pahari, Rajasthani and Basholi. The participants were shown different paintings with intricate designs. Each painting was unique in its own way, portraying different styles of borders, drawing and painting. The participants were explained  how they could use the inscriptions and manuscripts as well to create and recreate a new style using an amalgamation of Neo-Classical, Persian, Islamic and Indian style. The volunteers, Gursahiba Gill and Nimrat Dhillon helped the participants with various queries as well, regarding the history, changes and variations in the art.

After that, the live art session commenced. The sheets were provided however, the artists had to get their own material. All they needed to do was draw up whatever they think they can execute. “We want the artists to draw elements from Persian and Indian art and portray Sikh and Punjabi culture through it,” said Tarannum Caur (Volunteer and In-Charge of the workshop). 

image-2The ones which would be shortlisted  will be informed personally. A team of 7-8 artists will get the chance to take part in the competition at Kandaghat. Who then, will get a chance to paint the murals. The ones who are not able to get in will be asked to send in 2-3 samples of their artwork, thus giving them another chance, providing equal opportunity to all.

The day ended with the delightful performances of the artists, giving their all into creating a piece worthy of being on the wall of fame at Patiala. The result of the selected participants will be out tomorrow, till then they all are holding their breaths to win this rare opportunity.

About the Author:

Ridha Dhawan (MCM DAV 36)

Ridha Dhawan (MCM DAV 36)

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Tanvi Gawri (DAV College 10)

Tanvi Gawri (DAV College 10)

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