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Yogi listening to music, illustrating the musical mode Kedara Ragini

  • Description

    The mode Kedara is visualised as a yogi or ascetic who has withdrawn from the world and sits in serene contemplation before his hermitage in a verdant landscape. There he listens to a raga played by his two disciples on the vina and tanpura. Two dogs, the yogi’s companions in his retreat, also listen attentively to the music. The yogi’s simple dwelling is as usual shown as a palatial domed pavilion.

  • Details

    Garland of Ragas
    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest India Rajasthan (place of creation)
    late 17th century
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    page 28 x 21.7 cm (height x width)
    painting 23.8 x 16.7 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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  • Ragini

    Raga (feminine ragini) are musical modes, often represented by compositions of ladies, lovers, warriors, animals or gods, in series of Ragamala ('Garland of Ragas') paintings, a very popular artistic genre in north India and the Deccan c. 1500 - 1800.

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