specimen of the Kishangarh School of art, the Bani-Thani painting portrays the
poetess, singer, and lover of Raja Sawant Singh of Kishangarh- Vishnupriya,
known more popularly by the title she received because of her exquisite attire-
Bani-Thani or the bedecked lady.
of the gorgeous maiden’s poetic tunes has been given a human form in this
painting you see, that looks no less than a melodic tune. Using her side
profile and stylized physical features, the art shows the beautiful lady
holding her fine red Odhani (scarf) reminding us of the traditional Bandhej
textile of Rajasthan. Her dark-as-the-night tresses of hair look charming, contrasted
by the red in the Odhani and the golden glow of her skin. The magnificence of
her form can be equated with her impressive jewellery, consisting of gold,
precious jewels, and pearls.
red dominates the painting with its presence in her Odhani, jewellery, and the
henna, she has applied on her palm. Two yet-to-bloom lotus flowers can be seen
in hand, a fitting component in this picture of youth, beauty, and elegance.
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