A quick trawl through Holi in Indian art.
Miniature paintings often feature the ever popular theme of Radha and Krishna playing Holi. This set is from Kangra, about 1800. A lot of costume details in there from dress to caps to jewellery. And the predominant spring palette of India, shades of red and yellow.
The theme in early 20th century art:
Kings at play:
This exercise would last for around twenty days and every day we would go and check if both woods and flowers were drying properly. A few days before Holi, the dried flowers would be put in sacks and tied. These would be put in very large tubs of water along with some lime and the beautiful colour of Palash would colour the water, ready to be used for Holi. [X]
Happy Holi all!