Ragini Desi Megh, from a Garland of Musical Modes (Ragamala)

The theme of union in this painting is conveyed not only by the amorous couple in the foreground, but also by the pairs of cranes and parrots in the cloudy sky. Even the golden, slithering lightning bolts are shown in a pair. The couple strolls toward the bedchamber to take shelter from the heavy rain; fruits, drinks, and a box of betel leaves await them. This musical mode is performed during the fertile monsoon season, which is signaled in the image by the downpour and the ripe bananas hanging from the tree.

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper


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