Ragini Saindhavi

The Sanskrit text at the top describes the dancing woman in the doorway, who personifies the musical mode (“ragini”) called Saindhavi: Wearing bangles on both hands and making [viewers] completely intoxicated, here comes the smart and happy girl Saindhavi, with movements [as graceful as] an elephant’s. Clad in a red blouse, skilled in lovemaking, and adorned with breasts like waterpots and lotus-petal eyes more beautiful than an antelope’s, this is Saindhavi Ragini.

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper


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