A hero greeted by princes, illustrating the musical mode Kanada Ragini

The musical mode Kanada is visualized in poetry and painting as a princely warrior in the form of the god Krishna, who has shown his valour by slaying an elephant. This painting belongs to a Ragamala (‘Garland of Ragas’) series painted for Maharaja Anup Singh of Bikaner, who spent much of his career serving with the Mughal forces in the Deccan.

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Ragamala

Ragini

Further reading

Topsfield, Andrew, Indian Paintings from Oxford Collections, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum in association with the Bodleian Library, 1994), no. 19 on p. 44, illus. p. 45

Krishna, Naval, ‘The Umarani Usta Master-Painters of Bikaner and their Genealogy’, Andrew Topsfield, ed., Court Painting in Rajasthan (Mumbai: Marg Publications on behalf of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, 2000), p. 59, illus. p. 59 fig. 2

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