Indian miniatures are small-scale, highly detailed paintings. They trace back to at least the 9th century CE. Gracious strokes artfully done with a single haired brush marks the detailing in the painting. The intricacy is so fine that the painting cannot be viewed alone with naked eyes and needs a magnifying glass to view the details. There are numerous miniatures styles from different periods and geographical areas that have influenced each other, with many artists trained in one style taking their art form to another location, altering or creating new styles.
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Jai Prakash Lakhiwal is a popular name among miniature artists but not many contemporary artists know of this genius. The Padma Shri awardee learnt everything he knows from his father Mali Ram, who had been trained by the famous miniaturist of his time, Ustad Firoz. The latter’s forefathers were court painters for the Mughals. Lakhiwal’s art is traditional in every sense — be it his immaculate borders or the facial features of his human figures. His favourite styles are Company Style (an Indo-European style of paintings) and Delhi Mughal (which uses light and shade for depth), for their realistic renditions.