Time: When the two times meet, evening
Season: Late winter
Raga Shree is one of the six main ragas of the Hindustani music system. It is sung at twilight and is associated with the late winter season. Raga Shree is represented here as a handsome king, listening to a lady playing the veena and accompanied on cymbals by Tumburu, the musician of Indra. According to the iconography of the raga, Narada, the authority on music in the celestial world, teaches the logics of melodies to the king.
He is mistakenly depicted here as a lady. The raga himself is a a learned man with a great passion for music. Surrounded by his female attendants, he is seated under a canopy in the garden.
Sir Ratan Tata Collection
Indian Miniature Paintings
Opaque watercolour on paper
Indian Miniature painting