“A picture is a poem without words” – Horace
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, which is the deity manifest as a seven-year-old child. Other common subjects found in pichwai paintings are Radha, gopis, cows and lotuses. Festivals and celebrations such as Sharad Purnima, Raas Leela, Annakoot or Govardhan Puja, Janmashtami, Gopashtami, Nand Mahotsav, Diwali and Holi are the regular themes of this art form. The intent is to commemorate Krishna’s existence to the common men.