Todi Ragini Art
- Subject: Indian Miniature Rajasthani Painting
- Paint Material: Opaque Watercolors
- Base Material: Faux (synthetic) ivory (unframed)
- Size: 6 in. wide and 8 in. tall. (15 cms X 20 cms)
- Age: Modern Handmade Art
- Country of origin: India
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You will love this colorful Rajasthani Ragini art.
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.
Todi ragini evokes both loving tenderness and sadness, usually represented by a young woman daydreaming about her absent love. She is accompanied by a deer against a backdrop of vegetation that emphasize the forest setting and her loneliness. This lush masterpiece is an innovative mixture of stylistic elements.
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.