Ragamala - a unique art form

Eminent art historian, D.N. Varma, giving a slide presentation on Ragamala paintings in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.  

The Deccanese of Golconda, Bijapur, Ahmednagar and Bidar had patronised Ragamala paintings in a big way.

Based on music, the trend, which had commenced in Gujarat, subsequently spread to the Deccan.

Poets, musicians and painters together decided the format of Ragamala paintings, said eminent art historian and former Director of the Salar Jung Museum, Dhirendra Nath Varma.

He was delivering the P.T. Reddy Memorial Lecture on `Ragamala paintings from Deccan' organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi regional centre (Chennai) at Andhra University Department of Fine Arts on Wednesday.

The `ragas' and `raginis' of Hindustani music were treated as lovers and beloveds of the medieval times. Ragamala paintings assumed a new dimension when `shringara rasa' was at its zenith. He described it as a new revolution in the world of art.

Varma single-handedly did the job of the poet, musician and painter, forming music of raga through `dhyana' poems and slides and held the gathering spellbound throughout his one-and-a-half hour lecture.

The Head of the Department of Fine Arts, V. Ramesh, the Regional Secretary of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Siddhartha Ghosh, the Principal of AU Colleges of Arts and Commerce, D. Panduranga Rao, were among those present.

By B. Madhu Gopal in Visakhpatnam