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Music of Courtly India
Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
Blackburn, United Kingdom
Jun 30, 2017 To Aug 26, 2017
Detail: Music of Courtly India is a new British Museum Partnership Spotlight loan, coming to Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery from the end of June.
The new exhibition features works made in India for courtly patrons including a stunning album of ragamala paintings (c.1610) an ivory sarinda instrument (c.1700) and five 18th century ragamala paintings on loan from the British Museum.
Popular amongst Rajput and Mughal patrons in northern India, and Sultanate patrons in the Deccan (south-central India), ragamala paintings are visual interpretations of poems based on classical Indian raga music. They convey the moods of love, longing and devotion via a rich array of characters, from solitary ascetics to women of the court.