Ragini Saveri

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Ragamala (mala or garland of Ragas) paintings, also known as a Ragachitra (a Chitra or pictorial representation of Raga) are a tradition of paintings that bloomed in the medieval period, in courts and corridors of the Indian royals. A raga or musical note is believed to represent and stir a particular mood or emotion in the listener's mind, ranging from divine devotion to seething love. Each Raga is related to certain Raginis (the feminine form of musical notes) who are addressed as the wives of the Raga, and Ragaputra (son or Putra of Raga) who are the manifestations of the modes through which a Raga is performed on a musical instrument.  A raga is also associated with a time of the day, a phase of romance, and the emotions or Rasa that consequently emerge. The seventh-century text “Brihaddeshi” describes the Raga as having the ability “to tint the soul of the listener”, a facility best displayed in the lively Ragachitra or Ragamala painting.

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Item Code: HJ95
Artist: Kailash Raj
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Water Color on PaperArtist: Kailash Raj
Dimensions 6" X 8"
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As clear from her name, Ragini Saveri (belonging to Savera or morning) is a note to be enjoyed in the morning. The consort of the Raga Hindola, Ragini Saveri is visualized as a fair maiden, dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire of patterned lehenga, translucent chunri, and a choli along with ornaments fashioned out of pearls and precious stones. She sits comfortably on a seat with a large Masand (pillow) on the roof of her marble palace. Beautifully painted drapes in vibrant orange and pink shades cover the windows of the marble structure in the left part of the canvas, while on the right are two trees and a lithesome flowering plant. The horizon visible on the right is given a faint orange color by artist Kailash Raj, to convey to us that it is the time of sunrise or Sooryodaya. On her right hand in which Ragini Saveri wears a leather glove, sits a falcon, a majestic bird that is used in this Ragamala painting to represent a bird’s song or call. In her left hand, the Nayika (heroine) holds a Shankha (conch) which is used in Indian culture to announce new beginnings or auspicious events.

 

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