Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

(Formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)

Ragini Meghmalhar

Ragini Meghmalhar

Ragamala Set
Rajasthani, Kotah
Late 18th Century CE
Object of the Month - July 2015

Ragamala paintings depict Ragas’ respective personified form or presiding deified form conceived by traditional musicians and poets. These paintings were created in albums containing most often 36 or 42 folios, organized in a system of ‘families’ consisting of a male Raga as its head and 5 or 6 Raginis (wives), sometimes many Ragaputras (sons) and Ragaputris (daughters) and even Putravadhus (daughters-in-law).

Bundi and Kotah artists have been prolific in the creation of the Baramasa and Ragamala series of paintings and have adopted very similar compositions for each of themes.

This painting has Krishna, dressed in red and gold, holding a veena in his left hand and dancing in the centre. He faces a female figure to the left who is playing on a pair of cymbals. To the right is a woman playing mridanga.