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Folio from a Ragamala Series: Vasanta Raga, c. 1660

Unknown (Indian, Malwa - c. 1660)

opaque watercolour on laminated paper
20.5 x 14.5 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23611)

Six seasons were observed in India: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter, cool season and spring. Vasanta Raga is associated with spring when "Holi", the major "festival of colours," takes place. This musical mode is "male" and is played from 1:00 to 4:00 in the morning. The female figure at left plays the "mridanga", the oldest type of Indian percussion instrument.

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