A prince, fanned by an attendant, is taking pan, a refreshing and slightly narcotic mixture of betel nut, powdered lime, and condiments wrapped in a leaf.
The Dipak Raga is associated with night and is meant to evoke the mood of intimacy between lovers. Legend has it that one of Emperor Akbar’s musicians started a palace fire after being forced to play this raga ... more
This painting perfectly illustrates the Malkos raga text, which describes a lord attended by a woman with a fly whisk who is entertained by others that play heavenly music like gandharvas; he wears a necklace o... more
The set to which this page belongs seems to be a slightly later copy of the 1709 Amber ragamala series. The poetic description of Vairari Ragini in that set reads:Know [her] full of skills and extremely handsom... more
A prince attended by two female servants speaks to his beloved, who stands beneath a flowering banana tree. Silver grays and cool greens and whites dominate, masterfully contrasting with the less plentiful reds... more
Here the ruler is seen playing a rudra vina, accompanied by two musicians. This rare representation of ruler as performer appears in paintings from the Bundi and Kota courts. The work also references the fall h... more
This folio from a Ragamala (garland of musical melodies) contains two paintings on either side. Ragamala paintings, images associated with traditional Indian musical melodies, often depict scenes of love and c... more