There is a common belief that herds of deer are attracted by music. "I have been assured by a credible eyewitness," says Sir William Jones, "that two wild antelopes used often to come from the woods, to the place where Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula entertained himself with concerts and that they listened to the strains with an appearance of pleasure." The leaves and flowers of the lotus are in wild disarray in this painting, as if intoxicated with the rich and delicate music of Raga Panchama.
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