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The Pichhwai tradition of paintings evoked on cloth from the Western Indian state of Rajasthan immortalizes episodes from Lord Krishna’s life. It portrays the many hues of the blue skinned god’s moods and postures. This is a sub-style of Nathdwara painting, which is named for a Rajasthani town. The pichhwai artists form a community, living and working together, sometimes under the watchful eye of a great master. These miniatures offer glimpses into the life and exploits of Lord Krishna, illustrating episodes from his life ranging from when he was a mischievous butter thief as a child to when he saved his friends and fellow villagers from a water dwelling snake demon.

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