Colors of Kakubha Peacock Ragini
- Subject: Indian Miniature Rajasthani Painting
- Paint Material: Opaque Watercolors
- Base Material: Faux (synthetic) ivory (unframed)
- Size: 6 in. wide and 9 in. tall (15 cms X 23 cms)
- Age: Modern Handmade Art
- Country of origin: India
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You will love this colorful Rajasthani art with its soft colors, fine line-work, delicate figures, elegance and grace, and perfect execution. It represents Ragini Kakubha, one of the principal ragas.
What is a ragini? Classical Indian music is based on ragas--a selection of notes and patterns, improvised into a melody by the musician, that evoke particular emotions, times of day, and seasons of the year. Each raga has a number of subsidiaries named as family members, especially raginis (wives of the raga). Poets and painters interpreted the essence of each raga and ragini into words and images. These series of illustrated verses are called ragamalas (garlands of ragas) and are among the most popular subjects in Indian Rajasthani painting.
Kakubha is a handsome young woman, suffering love sickness, leaving her fine palace she enters the forest, … Again and again she arouses the peacock’s scream, forgetting soul and body in a trance upon her lord. Here, she is dancing with the peacock, possibly in joy of looking out for him. Hindu court poets invented extensive typologies of women and their lovers. These types appear in music, dance, devotional poetry, and secular literature as well as in painting.
These miniatures are as much aids to spiritual awakening as they are pretty pictures. Like seeds, they belie their tiny size with the limitless potential of their contents. Add this unique Rajasthani Ragini artwork to your decor or collection. Buy it now.
NOTE: Faux (or artificial) ivory, on which this artwork has been done, is a special polymer clay with the characteristics of real ivory. Faux ivory sheets have a natural ivory grain pattern and are used for painting, molding and carving. An environmentally friendly alternative to real ivory.