Shri Rama Putra Raga: Page from the Dispersed “Boston” Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes)

A prince attended by two female servants speaks to his beloved, who stands beneath a flowering banana tree. Silver grays and cool greens and whites dominate, masterfully contrasting with the less plentiful reds, yellows, and golds. The illusion of space is particularly accomplished, and the mystery of the moonlit encounter has been captured. An inscription at the top reads, “Shri Rama Putra son of Dipak Raga, to be sung in the evening.”

Ink, opaque watercolor, silver and gold on paper


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