Kangra School of Painting

The Kangra School of Painting (also known as “Kangra Kalm”) refers to the style of painting that has originated from Kangra. It has been described as the ‘art of patience, labour and native devotion.’ Attributed to this school is the art of miniature paintings, described as an ‘art of delicacy of line, brilliancy of colours and minuteness of details'. Many artists who fled the Mughal courts to escape the depredations of invaders like Nader Shah Durrani and Ahmed Shah Abdali, sought refuge in the serenity of the Kangra valley. These artists received patronage from the Kangra rulers and they incorporated new elements in the Mughal style. Over a period of time the art in the region evolved into its distinctive style known as the Kangra School.