The advent of spring is celebrated with the festival of colours in northern India. Known as the festival of Holi, it is celebrated on the full moon day or the fifteenth day of the bright half of the month of Phalguna (March–April). It is also the season of love and romance and the earth is filled with colourful flowers and leaves.
The ladies, normally confined to the zenana, also get an opportunity to mingle with the familiar crowd and participate in the celebration.The painting is a depiction of two Mewar ladies enjoying this moment. Painted in Nim qalam, it is lightly tinted in red in a few places only to indicate the spray of colours. Their exaggerated body postures denote their playful movements.
Indian Miniature Paintings
Opaque watercolour on paper
Late 18th Century CE
27 x 29.4 cms