Mr. Prakash is a miniature-painter, whose studio is
located in New Delhi, the capital of India. He has won the National Award of India
for the excellence of his work.
Miniature paintings were originally created for the courts of the Mughal empire
during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and generally refer to small
paintings that can be held in the hands. These paintings are meticulously
detailed, and are characterized by delicate brushwork. Some paintings - including
this example by Mr. Prakash - include precious gemstones and can only be fully
appreciated with the help of a magnifying glass.
The colours are prepared by the artist himself, and are derived from both
mineral and vegetable sources. The artist uses clam shells for his colour palette.