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VISUALS: Beyond Nationalism The visual culture of Fresco's expressionism, a case of the Shekhawati region | Original Article

Jaishree Mishra*, Vineet Shrivastava, in Journal of Advances and Scholarly Researches in Allied Education | Multidisciplinary Academic Research


The historic medieval towns of the Shekhawati region are culturally rich with their unique urban morphology and painting expression. The Shekhawati towns describe their virtual boundaries by three districts – Churu, Jhunjhunu, and Sikar. However, the largely identified towns within these districts as urban clusters are Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Fatehpur, Ramgarh, Mukundgarh, and Lakshmangarh. These are interpreted towns as my area of focus for this paper writing. Here, this piece document will be presented with an idea of exploring and recording the experience of urbanity through different urban visual cultures in this region. Furthermore, the focus of the study concentrated on the urban development shift because of East India Company Governments from 18-19th century. Industrialization and Colonization brought transformation to Indian urban culture and exploration of new ideas across the Indian subcontinent. This time frame and shift of revival in Shekhawati urban visual will be the central idea of recording and establishing the relationship of visuals with the culture and urban morphological landscape as a method of this paper writing. These cluster has a vibrant culture which states the significance of the whole region. The exploration of urbanity will be largely analyzed with the town’s record historically, the merchant’s role in shaping the visual urbanity of mural paintings, the notion of homeland, visual reflection of urban morphology, an artistic expression, re-contextualization with urban, the outstanding cultural significance of towns with a visual painting of frescos, that will generate and express the painted murals experiences as an idea of urbanity. Hence, the outcome will be focused on collected frescos’ world images and pictures as the visual of the towns. Further, the visual inferences potentially can be the source of the Indian cultural knowledge system which can stand out from the world.