THE NEO [queer] RĀGAMĀLA 

These paintings are a part of an ecosystem that integrates the emic approach to the study of South Asian music and visual art, along with immersive performance components – in finding inventive ways of representing queer male body, its limbs and parts to plural ecological elements. It aims at blurring the border between body, nature and eventually the spiritual itself. Thus questioning nature of the body, its genesis and defects, as well as systems of knowledge. The works bank on the historic rāgamāla paintings of courtly tradition of Central India (16th to 18th century CE, with their characteristic anthropomorphic representation of musical melodies along with abundant portrayal of nature) as an entry point. These new paintings eventually embody a contemporary interpretation of the concept, through a quasi-scientific trajectory with a social anthropologist’s quest.

Circumnavigating in Raag Yaman

oil on canvas

20 x 16  inches

2020

Combat of Love in Raag Tilang

oil on canvas

28 x 22  inches

2020

Euceladona in Raag Kedar

oil on canvas

24 x 18  inches

2020

His head

oil on linen

7 x 5  inches

2021

Naaga in Raag Tilang

oil on canvas

28 x 22  inches

2020

Celadonus-rosa hybridata

in Raag Tilang

oil on linen

30 x 22  inches

2020

Rosa-Aquamarina Hybridata

in Raag Kedar

oil on linen

30 x 24 inches

2020

That head

oil on linen

10 x 8  inches

2021

Infinite gaze

oil on canvas

8 x 8  inches

2020

Eucelahybridata stagnum

oil on canvas

15.5 x 11  inches

2020

Pitcherhead in Raag Kedar

oil on linen

17 x 11  inches

2020

Julian in Raag Kedar

oil on canvas

12 x 9  inches

2020

Idolicus amorium

oil on canvas

15.5 x 15  inches

2019

Towards Padmasan

oil on coarse canvas

6 x 5 inches

2019

Awaiting in Raag Yaman I

oil on canvas

5 x 4.5  inches

2019

Awaiting in Raag Yaman II

oil on canvas

5 x 5  inches

2019