From the set of Ragamala paintings
The term Raga connotes harmony and melody as well as a musical mode. An individual Raga was associated with the deity to whom the Ragas were dedicated. Ragamala paintings depict Ragas’ respective personified form or presiding deified form conceived by traditional musicians and poets. These paintings were created in albums containing most often 36 or 42 folios, organized in a system of ‘families’ consisting of a male Raga as its head and 5 or 6 Raginis (wives), sometimes many Ragaputras (sons) and Ragaputris (daughters) and even Putravadhus (daughters-in-law).
Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection
Indian Miniature Paintings
Circa 1725 CE