India: Poetry, Passion, Song

Posted on: February 27th, 2012

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is currently exhibiting Ragamala Paintings from India: Poetry, Passion, Song. This exhibition will be one of the first to be dedicated solely to the ragamala art, displaying a rare group of 24 objects from the Claudio Moscatelli Collection. 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 love – in its various aspects – and devotion. Thus, ragamala painting became known as a genre combining painting, poetry and music. These varied literary, social and poetic influences of ragamala painting will be explored and it will be the first opportunity to see Indian painting alongside the extensive European Old Master collection at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The exhibition is curated by Lizzie Watson, Exhibitions Officer at Dulwich Picture Gallery, with the assistance of Catherine Glynn, independent curator in the field of Indian art; Anna L. Dallapiccola, Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh; and Robert Skelton, former Keeper of the Indian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition runs until 27th May 2012.