Daswant played a major role in the illustration of the Razmnama, the Persian translation of the Mahabharata. Composing and drawing as many as 31 full-page miniatures out of its first 125 pictures designed till the time of his tragic end, the subjects chosen by him vary from court and battle scenes to scenes of dramatic action and unusual events. Like his mentor Khwaja 'Abd us-Samad, Daswant was at ease delineating details and took infinite care in drawing the figures of gods, demi-gods, and principal story characters such as the Kauravas and Pandavas. Some of his works also show definite indications of a familiarity with Western painting technique and idiom.
The guest editor of this volume explains how Marg has accorded priority to a second book on the same subject-Mughal masters of painting-with the inclusion of those artists who could not be covered in the earlier book. Painters studied in this volume are 'Abd us-Samad, Mir Sayyed Ali, Daswant, Lal, Kesu Das, Farrukh Beg, Bishandas, and Govardhan. The striking creations and distinctive styles of these artists are amply highlighted in individual essays here.