- Todi Ragini
Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.
A haloed lady garbed in gold and orange pleated skirt, yellow choli and transparent brown dotted veil, is a nayika who, separated from her lover, sings songs on the vina (a musical instrument) in praise of her beloved to while away the hours of loneliness in separation. Deer enchanted by the melody are attracted to Todi Ragini and surround her in sympathy, one black deer standing out in contrast to the pale coloured herd. The setting is on the banks of a lake filled with lotuses -- the outlines of a town in diminutive scale can be seen in the far distance. The vina is painted in ornate blue and gold design. Stiffly articulated lotuses in the lake, flowering bushes dotted with colour and small patches of flowers in the foreground add to the rural setting.
- Made in: Rajasthan
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan)
- Height: 32 centimetres (page)
- Width: 24.3 centimetres
- Height: 23.9 centimetres (painting including all margins)
- Width: 19.3 centimetres
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.
Inscription Languagebraj bhasa
Inscription CommentTranslation not available in Gangoly, O.C.,' Ragas and Raginis.'
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 rasa is vipralambha sringara, one of unrequited love and longing.
- Associated with: Ganges, River
- (Asia,India,River Ganges)
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Object reference number: RFI35324
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