Aug 1, 2011

Todi Ragini, from a Ragamala Series

Todi Ragini, from a Ragamala Series

c. 1750–75

Opaque watercolor with gold on paper

Image: 21.4 x 13 cm (8 7/16 x 5 1/8 in.); Border: 28.7 x 22.3 cm (11 5/16 x 8 3/4 in.)

Gift of Dr. Norman Zaworski 2012.297



In the ragamala system, male ragas are "married" to female raginis. Todi Ragini is a "wife" of Hindola Raga, the name of a scene that features the male lover or lovers on a swing. Both Todi and Hindola are meant to explore the moods of springtime. Ragamala verses describe Todi as a woman with sharp eyes and a slim "extremely tender body, radiant as the frost" and smeared with saffron and camphor from Kashmir. She is said to "push back a deer from the edge of a forest glade."

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