Manaku of Guler


Manaku of Guler or Manaku (c. 1700–1760) was an Indian painter from the Guler State, in modern-day Himachal Pradesh.[1] After his death he was mostly forgotten and overshadowed by his much-celebrated younger brother Nainsukh.[2] But today he is recognised as an exponent of Pahari style of painting, much like his brother.[3] The rediscovery of Manaku has been a result of research efforts by art historians like B. N. Goswamy.[4][5] Like Nainsukh, Manaku almost never signed his works, and only four extant works carry his signature.[6]

A head and shoulders portrait of a man with a beard, facing to the right

Known forPainting
MovementPahari painting
FamilyNainsukh (brother)



  • Goswamy, B. N.; Fischer, Eberhard (1997). Pahari Masters: Court Painters of Northern India. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195640144.[7]
  • Goswamy, B. N. (2014). The Spirit of Indian Painting: Close Encounters with 100 Great Works 1100-1900. Penguin UK. ISBN 9789351188629.
  • Goswamy, B. N. (2017). Manaku of Guler: The Life and Work of Another Great Indian Painter from a Small Hill State. New Delhi: Niyogi Books. ISBN 978-9385285820.


  1. ^ Goswamy & Fischer 1997, p. 240
  2. ^ Goswamy 2017, p. 18
  3. ^ Goswamy 2017, p. 26
  4. ^ "Historian B.N Goswamy brings alive 18th century artist Manaku". September 14, 2017 – via Business Standard.
  5. ^ "An Uphill Task". September 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Gupta, Gargi (October 15, 2017). "Book Review: Manaku of Guler – The Life and Work of Another Great Indian Painter from a Small Hill State". DNA India.
  7. ^ Smart, Ellen S. (May 22, 1998). "Pahari Masters: Court Painters of North India. By B. N. Goswamy and Eberhard Fischer. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997. 391 pp. $95.00 (paper)". The Journal of Asian Studies. 57 (2): 565–566. doi:10.2307/2658899. JSTOR 2658899 – via Cambridge Core.

External linksEdit

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - Manaku collection