“A picture is a poem without words” – Horace
Pichwai style of painting originated 400 years ago in the holy town of Nathdwara near Udaipur, Rajasthan.Pichwai is a Sanskrit word, where ‘pich’ stands for ‘back’ and ‘wai’ for ‘hanging’. Intricate and visually stunning, pichwai paintings can take several months to complete, and require immense skill, as the smallest details has to be painted with precision.
Lord Krishna is often the central subject depicted as Shrinathji. Other common subjects found in pichwai paintings are Radha, gopis, cows and lotuses. Festivals and celebrations such as SharadPurnima, RaasLeela, Annakoot or Govardhan Puja, Janmashtami, Gopashtami, NandMahotsav, Diwali and Holiare the regular themes of this art form. The intent is to commemorate Krishna’s existence to the common men.