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Yogi in a landscape, illustrating the musical mode Gund Malhar Ragini

  • Description

    This representation of the mode Gund Malhar belongs to the same ragamala series as Asavari ragini [EA2012.229]. Gund Malhar is represented by a scene of a yogi or ascetic seated in contemplation outside his dwelling in a wilderness. This raga is also associated with the monsoon or rainy season, and spiralling thunder-clouds with serpentine lightning loom above the distant rocky landscape and palaces. The yogi’s hermitage is shown by the artist as a colourful domed structure, with stacked water-pots within a wall niche.

  • Details

    Garland of Ragas
    Associated place
    AsiaIndiaDeccan north Deccan (place of creation)
    c. 1675
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    page 26.3 x 22 cm (height x width)
    painting 19.2 x 15.1 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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  • Ragini

    Raga (feminine ragini) are musical modes, often represented by compositions of ladies, lovers, warriors, animals or gods, in series of Ragamala ('Garland of Ragas') paintings, a very popular artistic genre in north India and the Deccan c. 1500 - 1800.

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