India's rich heritage and culture has been fascinating the people around the world since ages. Traditional art forms and painting styles of India are celebrated worldwide. The practice of storytelling in India is historically rich and rooted in various communities across the nation but it is perhaps at its most prolific in folk traditions One such art form is Cheriyal Scroll painting. Cheriyal is a small village located almost 100 km from Hyderabad in Telangana’s Warangal district. Hence one can easily make out that this painting style find its roots here.
Indian paintings can be broadly classified into murals and miniatures. Murals are the large works that you see on the walls of Ajanta Caves and places of worship like the Kailashnath temple. Miniature paints are paintings done on small pieces of cloth or paper. The Pala's of Bengal were the pioneers of miniature painting in India, and they introduced it between 9th-10th century. The art form represented the way of living at the time: the practices of the society, the people and the political systems. The art of Miniature painting reached its glory during the Mughal rule (16th – 18th century).