Mukesh Kumar Dhiman
Mukesh Kumar Dhiman, is a national award winning artist (2014) and resides in Nagrota district in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh .He has been painting for the last 32 years and painted over 2000 paintings over the course of his painting career. He has leant from Padmashree Awardee Vijay Sharma. He is a member of The Kangra Arts Promotion Society is a non profit organisation formed to revive art of Kangra Painting and also works at the museum in Nagrota.
Kangra painting is the pictorial art of Kangra, named after Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, a former princely state, which patronized the art and originated in a small hill state ‘Guler’ in the Lower Himalayas in the first half of the eighteenth century when a family of Kashmiri painters trained in Mughal Style of painting sought shelter at the court of Raja Dalip Singh (r. 1695-1741) of Guler. The new arrivals mingled with the local artists and were greatly influenced by the atmosphere of the hills. Instead of painting flattering portraits of their masters and love scenes, the artistes adopted themes of eternal love between Radha and Krishna