large number of the finest Rajasthani paintings have been attributed to
Bundi. The early painters seem to have developed a fascination for Mughal
themes and technique, setting the trends for the later school.
style that developed in Bundi shows characteristic architectural features
with pools of water in front on which float lazily the Brahmani ducks,
while lush plantain trees abound having flabby leaves. Also fanciful
flowering trees bearing star-like blooms and rich colouring with emphasis
on orange and green, garden layouts in a series of patterns for flower
beds with fountains in between, were featured, borrowing from Mughal
Akbari painting. In the Ragamala
illustrations great attention is paid to details. There was a
beginning in depicting various animals, especially the elephant, all of
which mark out Bundi as a distinct and a separate school.
the ruler of Bundi were in constant contact with the Deccan, throughout
the Bundi painting period, certain Deccani influences are also seen. The
Bundi painters also excelled in painting
elephants as opposed other Rajasthani states
an abundance of paintings depicted elephant fights .
earliest evidence of Bundi painting is to be seen in a few paintings from
AD 1650 and in several Ragamala
illustrations of AD 1660 – 1680 painted after the style of
the famous Chunar Ragamala series
which was painted at Chunar by Muslim artists who had formerly had some
training in the Akbari atelier.
The early themes (AD1530) were like ragmala, Baramasa and Rasikpriya. Gradually court scenes, hunting scenes, portraits, equestrian studies etc. were also included.