THE NEO [queer] RAAGMALA 

The Neo [queer] Ragamala paintings are a part of an ecosystem that integrates the emic approach to the study of Indian classical music and visual art components – in finding inventive ways of representing queer male body, its limbs and parts to plural ecological elements from

a South Asian perspective.

 

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 raagmala paintings 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 paintings eventually embody a contemporary interpretation of the concept, through

a quasi-scientific trajectory layered with a social anthropologist quest. And further pulling aesthetics of Roman murals, Song dynasty paintings, and homo erotic cinema of Derek Jarman. 

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Combat of Love in Raag Tilang

oil on canvas

28 x 22  inches

2020

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Naaga in Raag Tilang

oil on canvas

28 x 22  inches

2020

Recleanzing in Raag Kedar

oil on line

18 x 14  inches

2021

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With Moon Sickle in Desh

oil on canvas

28 x 22  inches

2021

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Mountain Maker in Raag Kedar

oil on linen

18 x 14  inches

2021

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Mountain maker in Raag Hameer

oil on canvas

28 x 22  inches

2021

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Pitcherhead in Raag Kedar

oil on linen

17 x 11  inches

2020

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Gathering in Yaman

oil on canvas

28 x 22  inches

2021

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Circumnavigating in Yaman

oil on canvas

20 x 16  inches

2020

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Celadonus Rosa in Raag Tilang

oil on linen

30 x 22  inches

2021

Rosa-Aquamarina Hybridata

in Raag Kedar

oil on linen

30 x 24 inches

2020

Eucelhybridata stagnum

in Raag Kedar

oil on linen

15.5 x 11 inches

2020