- Madhumadhavi Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
A lady on a terrace rushes into a pavilion covering her head from a threatening storm that appears to be advancing. She looks up at the grey, orange and black perfectly rounded thunderclouds outlined in gold paint. Her friend awaits her on the terrace. Both wear rich costumes in hues of lilac, green, yellow, gold and red. The terrace and pavilion are in the same highly decorative style as previous paintings in the series.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.2 centimetres
- Height: 25.1 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.6 centimetres
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription TranslationA beautiful damsel with a youthful body Stands dressed in the courtyard (?) She is dressed in blue robes and wears a necklace and other adornments Her yellow bodice is indeed very attractive She is startled by the flash of lightning and in fear She flies into her chamber with surprise in her eyes This is Madhumadhavi, the Ragini of Hindola, who captivates our hearts.
Inscription CommentTranslation taken from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2', Plate LXXXIII.
Inscription PositionFront cover of Album
Inscription Languagelocal dialect, probably Rajasthani
Inscription Transliteration(Difficult to transliterate the beginning. Text unclear). - - Pana muraqqo pame 36. Labar 2.
Inscription Translation( -? - ). Album has 36 folios. Number 2.
Inscription CommentThe text inscribed above each illustration is attributed to a poet named Lal by the scholar Ebeling, K. in 'Ragamala Painting' and most translations have been verified by matching the original with the brajbhasa texts in O.C.Gangoly's book 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.' Some have been translated with the help of Dr. Rupert Snell from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
The series is a complete one of thirty six based on the 'standardized painters system' existing in Jaipur during the 19th century. Black ink floral sprays on first and last pages.
Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings characteristically depict text in enclosed decorative panels or cartouches on top of each painting. (Ebeling, K., 'Ragamala Painting', 1973. Pg.228, illustration 148.) The original idea of this Ragini is that a lady standing in a grove attracted by Madhavi flowers (a spring creeper) is startled by a sudden flash of lightning and rushes indoors; hence the name Madhumadhavi. Neither Lala, the poet or the artist allude to the flowers.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35327
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