THE NEO RAAGMALA 

These paintings integrate an emic approach to the study of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music with visual art components – resulting in finding inventive ways of relating queer male bodies to an ecofeminist paradigm, layered with a decolonial outlook. 

 

These new works, began taking an entry point from the historic ‘ragamala’ paintings of Central India (Malwa, 16th to 18th century CE) which portray music through the metaphoric representations of a given musical melody [raga] and a suggested portrayal of nature, rendered in a limited palette. Each note in a specific raga is associated with a peculiar color, which helps to establish the specific emotion. My choice of use of color is informed by this knowledge, for example deep midnight blue or indigo hue is the color of sensuality. An array of earth tones complete my color palette, connecting directly to the land.

The musical components lead to an added sensitivity to ecological elements, where the bodies find inventive myths (on sexuality, control and power) from antiquity that are hybridized to present concerns.

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Combat of Love in Raag Tilang

oil on canvas

28 x 22  inches

2020

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Treading in Raga Yaman

oil on canvas

66 x 48  inches

2021

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

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

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

Circumnavigating in Yaman

oil on canvas

20 x 16  inches

2019

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Celadonus Rosa in Raag Tilang

oil on linen

30 x 22  inches

2020

Eucelhybridata stagnum

in Raag Kedar

oil on linen

15.5 x 11 inches

2020

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Rosa-Aquamarina Hybridata

in Raag Kedar

oil on linen

30 x 24 inches

2020

Euceladona hybridata in Kedar

oil on canvas

24 x 18 inches

2020