Consuming passions Ragamala   Painting A.L. Dallapiccola
Map of India showing the major centres of painting
Vasanta ragini, Ahmadnagar, (Maharashtra), c.1595
Two leaves from a ragamala, Wanparthy, Andhra Pradesh, c. 1750
Basohli (Panjab Hills), Raga Bhairava, c. 1690
Sri raga V Vasanta raga Panchama raga Megha raga Bhairava raga Ragas as margin decoration Kalpasutra ms. C. 1475
Kalpasutra, birth of Mahavira, Western India c. 1475
The  painters’ system Each raga has five or six wives, the raginis. Ragamala albums consist of 36 or 42 paintings. The six...
Bhairavi ragini, Delhi-Agra region?, c. 1550 From sacred icon to narrative scene The development of ragamala iconography
Main literary sources informing the visual language of a ragamala: The Amarushataka by Amaruka (7th cent. ) The Gitagovind...
Bhairava raga c. 1475 Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s , Bhairava raga
Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s  Hindola raga Jaipur ragamala, 1842
Kotah, (Rajasthan), Dipaka raga,  c. 1720 Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s,  Dipaka raga
Bundi (Rajasthan), Megha raga, c.1700 Megha raga, c. 1475
Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Sri raga Sri raga, c. 1475
V Vasanta raga, c. 1475 Jaipur ragamala, 1842
Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s,  Devagandhari ragini Jaipur ragamala  1842
Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s,  Asavari ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Todi ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
Wanparthy (Andhra Pradesh) ragamala, c. 1750, Nata ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
Chawand (Udaipur), 1605, Goudi  ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
Kotah (Rajasthan), c. 1770,  Kedara ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Kanhara ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
The offended mistress. Page from a Rasikapriya series, Basohli (Panjab Hills), c. 1675-1700 Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, ...
Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Malkos raga Malwa  (Central India) c. 1650, Malkos raga
Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Kanhyavati ragini Bundi (Rajasthan), c. 1670, Khambhavati ragini
Ragamalas of the Deccan What happens when ragas migrate without their texts? Hyderabad ragamala, c.1770s ,  Bisakhra ragini
Sirohi (Rajasthan), c. 1700 Kakubha ragini Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Kakubha ragini
Malwa (Central India), c. 1650, Patamanjari ragini Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Madhumadhavi ragini, inscr., Patamanjari
Jaipur ragamala, 1842 Hyderabad ragamala, c.1770s, Dhanasri ragini, inscr. ‘Desakhya’
Bhairava raga, inscribed ‘Malkos’ Malkos raga, inscribed ‘Bhairava’
The paintings shown in this presentation are in the following public and private collections: Bharat Kala Bhavan, Varanasi...
 
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Anna Dallapiccola, Honorary Professor of Indian Art, University Edinburgh, spoke on the 'music-inspired' Ragamala paintings on display in the Georgian Gallery. This event gave an insight into these highly symbolic visual interpretations of Indian music that depict romantic and devotional situations.

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  1. 1. Consuming passions Ragamala Painting A.L. Dallapiccola
  2. 2. Map of India showing the major centres of painting
  3. 3. Vasanta ragini, Ahmadnagar, (Maharashtra), c.1595
  4. 4. Two leaves from a ragamala, Wanparthy, Andhra Pradesh, c. 1750
  5. 5. Basohli (Panjab Hills), Raga Bhairava, c. 1690
  6. 6. Sri raga V Vasanta raga Panchama raga Megha raga Bhairava raga Ragas as margin decoration Kalpasutra ms. C. 1475
  7. 7. Kalpasutra, birth of Mahavira, Western India c. 1475
  8. 8. The painters’ system Each raga has five or six wives, the raginis. Ragamala albums consist of 36 or 42 paintings. The six ragas, the season, and the time when they should be performed: Bhairava raga - autumn - before dawn Malkosh raga - winter- midnight Hindola raga - spring - morning Dipaka raga - summer - after sunset Megha raga - rainy season - at night Shri raga - early winter- late afternoon
  9. 9. Bhairavi ragini, Delhi-Agra region?, c. 1550 From sacred icon to narrative scene The development of ragamala iconography
  10. 10. Main literary sources informing the visual language of a ragamala: The Amarushataka by Amaruka (7th cent. ) The Gitagovinda by Jayadeva (12th cent.) The Rasamanjari by Bhanu Datta (15 cent.) The Vasanta Vilasa (1471) The Rasikapriya by Keshavadasa (c. 1570) The Kavipriya by Keshavadasa (c. 1570) Nayaka-nayika-bheda Barahmasas Vernacular religious poetry
  11. 11. Bhairava raga c. 1475 Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s , Bhairava raga
  12. 12. Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s Hindola raga Jaipur ragamala, 1842
  13. 13. Kotah, (Rajasthan), Dipaka raga, c. 1720 Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Dipaka raga
  14. 14. Bundi (Rajasthan), Megha raga, c.1700 Megha raga, c. 1475
  15. 15. Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Sri raga Sri raga, c. 1475
  16. 16. V Vasanta raga, c. 1475 Jaipur ragamala, 1842
  17. 17. Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Devagandhari ragini Jaipur ragamala 1842
  18. 18. Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Asavari ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
  19. 19. Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Todi ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
  20. 20. Wanparthy (Andhra Pradesh) ragamala, c. 1750, Nata ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
  21. 21. Chawand (Udaipur), 1605, Goudi ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
  22. 22. Kotah (Rajasthan), c. 1770, Kedara ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
  23. 23. Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Kanhara ragini Jaipur ragamala, 1842
  24. 24. The offended mistress. Page from a Rasikapriya series, Basohli (Panjab Hills), c. 1675-1700 Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Ramakali ragini
  25. 25. Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Malkos raga Malwa (Central India) c. 1650, Malkos raga
  26. 26. Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Kanhyavati ragini Bundi (Rajasthan), c. 1670, Khambhavati ragini
  27. 27. Ragamalas of the Deccan What happens when ragas migrate without their texts? Hyderabad ragamala, c.1770s , Bisakhra ragini
  28. 28. Sirohi (Rajasthan), c. 1700 Kakubha ragini Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Kakubha ragini
  29. 29. Malwa (Central India), c. 1650, Patamanjari ragini Hyderabad ragamala, c. 1770s, Madhumadhavi ragini, inscr., Patamanjari
  30. 30. Jaipur ragamala, 1842 Hyderabad ragamala, c.1770s, Dhanasri ragini, inscr. ‘Desakhya’
  31. 31. Bhairava raga, inscribed ‘Malkos’ Malkos raga, inscribed ‘Bhairava’
  32. 32. The paintings shown in this presentation are in the following public and private collections: Bharat Kala Bhavan, Varanasi Claudio Moscatelli Dogra Art Gallery, Jammu The National Museum, New Delhi The G.K. Kanoria collection, Patna The Victoria and Albert Museum, London University of Edinburgh, Special Collections

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