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Raga Megha Malar

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1999,1202,0.2.31

  • Title (object)

    • Raga Megha Malar
  • Description

    Painting from an album bound in red silk designed fabric containing a complete set of Jaipur 19th century Ragamala paintings.

    Megha is a seasonal melody of the rainy season and the usual scene of this ragamala painting is that of a Lord dancing in the rain surrounded by lady musicians. A yellow garbed Kṛṣṇa with peacock feathered crown and orange shawl dances surrounded by two pairs of lady musicians on either side. The ladies on the left sing and play the vina; the ladies on the right play a lute like instrument and a drum. Two peacocks face each other in the foreground symbolic of love and the rainy season. The background features a lotus filled pond with flowering trees and bushes. The sky is covered with thunderclouds ringed in gold with orange snake like streaks of lightning.

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 19thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 32 centimetres (page)
    • Width: 24.3 centimetres
    • Height: 24.1 centimetres (painting including all margins)
    • Width: 19 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagiri
      • Inscription Position

        Front cover of Album
      • Inscription Language

        local 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 Comment

        The 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 Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagiri
      • Inscription Position

        top
      • Inscription Language

        braj bhasa
      • Inscription Translation

        He is dancing, singing and playing on the vina His blue figure is indeed handsome to gaze on He has decked himself with strings of flowers, And his lovely sight has enhanced the happiness of the damsels, And his lady friends keep time on the drum In a merry mood and give him intimate company, This is called Megha Malara (ragini?) recognized by some as a raga.
      • Inscription Comment

        Translation obtained from Gangoly, O.C., 'Ragas and Raginis, Vol.2.'
  • Curator's comments

    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.)

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  • Condition

    Good

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1999,1202,0.2.31

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