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 the regular themes
of this art form. The intent is to commemorate Krishna’s existence to the common men.