Month of Kartik

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Month of Kartik

57.18/2

Description

From the set of Baramasa paintings
Hindu month of Kartik

The poet Keshavdas says that

Woods and gardens, rivers, earth and sky are clear and shining bright illuminated by lamps (of Dipavali festival). The days and nights are full of joy, and couples are gambling. The courtyards and walls of every house are gay with colourful paintings of gods and goddesses. The whole universe is pervaded with celestial light and all men and women are gay with love. This is the month for earning merit by sacred baths, giving alms and worship of God.

'Baramasa' or 'Songs of the twelve months' is a poetic genre that describes each of the months of the Indian calendar in terms of love and its rhetoric. The most famous one is Keshavdasa’s Kavipriya which mirrors his mastery of the selection of words and phrases and describes the life, ceremonies and rituals of the people in different seasons. It is a popular subject in Bundi School as it gives the artists an opportunity to indulge in their love for landscape.

Collection

Indian Miniature Paintings

Object Type

Miniature Painting

Material

Paper

Schools/Culture/Period

Rajasthani

Technique

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Date

Late 18th century CE

Location

Bundi

Dimension

35.5 x 24.3 cm