Ragamala Paintings from India: Poetry, Passion, Song
25 January – 27 May 2012
A ragamala or 'garland of ragas' is a set of miniature paintings depicting various musical modes, ragas, of Indian music.
Each painting is accompanied by a brief caption or poem that describes the mood of the raga, most frequently devotion and love " in its various aspects.Ragamala painting flourished throughout the royal courts of India in the late 1400s and dwindled in the 1800s, with the decline of aristocratic patronage. This exhibition will unveil a rare collection of 24 exquisite miniatures from the Claudio Moscatelli Collection, in a journey across the Indian subcontinent. It is the first show in the UK to focus exclusively on the Ragamala genre.