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Raagmala Paintings Depict Ragas

Ragmala paintings or raag dhyan is again a big reason music enthusiasts visit various painting oriented places. If your field is Indian classical music, one must be aware of Ragamala Paintings, which depicted ragas as a human.

Musicology includes an explanation of ragas in short sanskrit verses called ‘Dhyana’ or meditation of 14th century. ‘As stated in ‘Ragatarangini’ by Lochana, these verses highlight the characteristics, nature, mood, tendency of ragas, injecting life into them, providing them a particular persona or swaroopa as in like a deity, nayak or nayika. This led to the rag-ragini systems and the subsequent creation of the ragamala paintings, which is mainly ragas on canvas. The theme or rasa for these paintings are usually shringar (romance), bhakti (devotional) or baal-kreeda (momism). Here are some examples of the paintings on Raga Bhairav and raga Hindol.

                                                            Raga Bhairava and Raga Hindol:

Ragamala Paintings

Ragamala Paintings

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Raga Hindol

       However, Ragmala or rag-ragini paddhati has lost its relevance today but it’s still a sheer interested and aesthetically rich topic for the tourists, music lovers, and paintings who frequently visit places like Madhubani, Ellora, Mewar, Dharwad, Mithila etc. to find the live pictures of the ragas especially the ragas which they love or have already learnt.

Music Class Weekly Recap – 30 Jan 2016

This week, we vocalized the Classical Raga’s like

1. Raga Bhoopali – A pentatonic Raga
2. Raga Bhairava – A Morning Raga (just an intro)

Inspirational songs

1. Waving Flag
2. Teri Hai Zameen
3. Ae malik tere bande hum

Raga Bhoopali is a pentatonic raga which consists of only FIVE notes: SA RE GA PA DHA SA –
Where Penta means five (as in Pentagon) and Tonic means having tones

In Indian classical, pentatonic words is known as ‘Audav’; Audav means five.  Therefore Raga Bhoopali is an Audav Raga.