Court Musician on Marble
Ragmala paintings are series of illustrative paintings representing different ragas (musical modes). They represent 6 ragas, representing 6 seasons of a year; respective wives, raginis; and their children. The paintings are a perfect union of different form of art like painting, dance, music and drama. They also describe the time of the day and season in which it should be sung and the deity to which they are dedicated. The Ragini is shown here playing Veena, an Indian string musical instrument.
The painting is painted on marble. A fresh white marble slab is first selected. It is then cut into desired shape and size. Thereafter Marble surface is polished. A rough sketch is drawn on the surface and that area is lightly roughened. Later the painting is drawn on that surface.
Miniature paintings are paintings painted on paper, silk, cotton, marble, wood, canvas, leather, glass and metals. Its uniqueness is one hair brush, which is used for filling the fine details in the painting.
About the Painting School
Mewar school of Miniature painting
The school developed in hilly region of Rajasthan, India. The region has many rivers and lakes distinguishing it from adjoining desert area. The effect of natural beauty is seen in the paintings from this region with bright and vibrant colours use. They have thick outline. People have long nose, fish eyes and oval face. The paintings are ornamented by animals, trees and hills.
About the Master Craftsman
This painting is painted by Artist Gopal Lal Sharma. He hails from Jaipur, the Pink City. He has been awarded by Government of Rajasthan for his contribution to traditional miniature painting. In Jaipur, he practices this art with his wife and other students.
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