The month of Chaitra. March/April.
- The month of Chaitra. March/April.
One of a series of eight paintings bound in an album. The series are from a 'Baramasa' set or 'Songs of the seasons' providing visual imagery for Baramasa poetry. The main theme is that of nayakas' and nayikas' (lovers) love in union and in separation and their relationship with the months of the year.
Peacocks and birds, parrots and nightingales abound amidst lush foliage separating two architectural structures. In the left building sit Radha and Krishna fanned by an attendant. They gaze into each others eyes, Krishna holds a flower while Radha offers him delicacies. The bedchamber below them is ready, symbolic of love in union. The pavilion on the right depicts another amorous nayaka and nayika.
- 1675-1700 (circa)
- Made in: Bundi District
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan,Bundi District)
- Height: 30.2 centimetres (page)
- Width: 22 centimetres
- Height: 25.2 centimetres (painting including black and white margins)
- Width: 17.6 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationThe charming creepers and young trees have blossomed. Rivers and ponds are overflowing with water. Ladies aglow with passion worship their husbands. The parrot, sarikas (bird of the same family as a parrot) and nightingales chirp, for it is spring. The poet Keshavdas says that in this month no one should embrace the thorns (of separation) leaving the flowers (of union.) One should not go out and should be firm in this resolve in the month of Chaitra.
Inscription CommentPoetry on Baramasa by Keshavdas of Orccha. Translation taken from Dwivedi, V.P., 'Barahmasa. The Song of Seasons in Literature and Art.' 1980.
Inscription Positionfront page
Inscription ContentAlbum no.10
This series seems to be drawn, composed and coloured by one artist and is so similar to a Bundi Baramasa painting in Pal, P. 'Dancing to the Flute', p.88, as to suggest them belonging to the same series. The similarity in foliage depiction, architectural details such as the predominant use of white and green, patterning on walls and rooftops, Krishna's face presenting a distinctive profile with large Bundi eye and prominent nose in all paintings in this series point to the hand of one master artist. Krishna's crown on top of an orange turban is present in all of the paintings including the one in Pal, '97, which further corroborates these belonging to the same series. This early Bundi series has a vibrant spirit that is imparted by the interplay of brilliant colours, intense emotional cross currents between the lovers that convey the bhakti or devotion of the times, and a lyricism that makes the paintings come alive. The emphasis on diagonal lines impart movement; the lush vegetation and sensuous figures all contribute to the dynamic vibrancy of these works. The figures are modelled and shaded after Mughal painting to impart volume.
27 June 2007
Mount - Overthrow - RInlay - Slot
- Associated Title: Baramasa
- Associated Title: Songs of the Seasons
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Object reference number: RFI35245
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