Paintings of the Razmnama the Book of War
written by Asok Kumar Das
Grantha Corporation | ISBN 9781890206789
Hardback – 208 pages
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"Paintings of Razmnama" or "The Book of War" is the Persian translation of one of the great Hindu epics of India, "The Mahabharata". The Mughal emperor Akbar took a personal interest in the translation project and a lavishly illustrated copy was prepared for his personal use. Out of the three copies made, the three-volume "Razmnama" in the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata is the only copy that is complete with 81 miniatures that bear the name of the scribe and the date of completion, 1605. The paintings combine the finest elements of the Mughal court style with the narrative style of storytelling.