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Ascetics making music, illustrating the musical mode Kedara Raga

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  • Description

    The musical mode Kedara is visualised as two yogis or ascetics making music within a small pavilion. Seated on a leopard skin, a traditional seat of yogis who have mastered the temptations of the sensual world, the vina player improvises a raga, gazing with concentration at his companion who beats the tala or rhythmic cycle with cymbals.

  • Details

    Garland of Ragas
    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab HillsHimachal Pradesh Arki (probable place of creation)
    late 17th century
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 29.6 x 26.2 x 1.5 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 21.2 x 18.2 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 59 on p. 142, pp. 18 & 19, illus. p. 143



  • Raga

    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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