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Raga Hindola-Miniature Painting

Raga HindolaDimensions : 12 x 10 Inches

The painting personifies Raga Hindola as a handsome young man resting on a golden swing covered with garlands of flowers. The lacquered frame of the swing is decorated with replicas of lotus buds. His diadem is adorned with peacock feathers and lotus buds. His attire is smeared with yellow and crimson color indicating indulgence in the festival of colors Holi. A group of charming attendants surround him and attend to his requirements while he languorously gazes at them.

Hindola literally refers to the swing. It is a song of spring and indicates the joy of Holi festival


when the fancy of young men and women turns to thoughts of love.

About Miniature Paintings

Miniatures are intricate, colorful illuminations or paintings, small in size, executed meticulously with delicate brushwork. The history of Indian Miniature Paintings can be traced to the 6-7th century AD. Miniature Paintings have evolved over centuries carrying the influence of other cultures. The miniature artists gave self-expression on paper, ivory panels, wooden tablets, leather, marble, cloth and walls. Indian artists employed multiple perspectives unlike their European counterparts in their paintings. The idea was to convey reality that existed beyond specific vantage point.

The Kangra Miniatures of the Pahari School made a mark in the 18th century. Though influenced by the Mughals, the Kangra School retained its distinctiveness. The paintings were naturalistic and employed cool, fresh colors. The colors were extracted from minerals, vegetables and possessed enamel-like luster. Verdant greenery of the landscape, brooks, springs were the recurrent images on the miniatures. Texts of the Gita Govinda, Bhiari's Satsai, and the Baramasa of Keshavdas provided endless themes to the painters. Krishna and Radha as eternal lovers were portrayed rejoicing the moments of love. The Kangra miniatures are also noted for portraying the famine charm with a natural grace. The paintings based on Ragmalas (musical modes) also found patronage in Kangra.

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