To promote and conserve the dying art form of Pahari miniature paintings, Himachal Pradesh University is introducing it as post graduation course from this academic session. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued Rs 34 lakh to the Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies (IIHS), a UGC Centre of Excellence to start the MA fine arts course from 2012-13.
Prof SP Bansal, Director of the institute said
“The course will have 35 seats. Any student who is a graduate and has creativity and talent will be able to study the traditional aspects of miniature paintings and gain a professional understanding of the ancient art form,”
The IIHS was running a one-year diploma course in Pahari miniature paintings till about three years back. The course has been sanctioned for a period and guest faculty, including artists from the renowned families known for their contribution to Pahari miniatures, will be involved. It will be a job-oriented course as the post graduates will have a vast variety of career options.