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(b Guler, c. 1710; d Basohli, 1778).
  • B. N. Goswamy


(b Guler, c. 1710; d Basohli, 1778).

Indian painter. He was the younger son of Pandit Seu. He remains, justly perhaps, the Pahari painter about whom most is known. Growing up in an atmosphere of experimentation and change, Nainsukh seems to have matured early and taken enthusiastically to the fluent naturalism of Mughal painting that came to the hill region at this time. Moving much further in this direction than did his father or elder brother, Manaku, he brought the family painting style to a point where it established norms, affecting painting throughout the hills. Leaving his home in Guler c. 1740, Nainsukh entered the service of Prince Balwant Singh of Jasrota, a discriminating patron whom he served until his death in 1763. In 1763 Nainsukh went on a pilgrimage to Hardwar, where Balwant Singh’s ashes were taken for immersion, and made an uncommonly long and informative entry in the priest’s register, adding a tiny but brilliant impromptu drawing on the same page. Around ...

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