A Ragamala miniature – Bhairavi ragini
Pigments and gold on paper
India, Probably Hyderabad, circa 1760
Painting: 20 by 12,5 cm; Page: 33,5 by 24 cm
The theme of this raga is the adoration of the linga (Shiva’s symbol). It is depicting two ladies in front of a shrine. One of them is singing and playing cymbals after having placed offerings on the linga. This particular raga is expressing the passion of devotion (bhakti).
The colourful style of this painting as well as the treatment of the architecture is typical of the paintings from Deccan, and the Hyderabad style from the second half of the 18th century.