It is said that Ragini Todi, the wife of Raga Malkounsa is a wonderful
creation of the creator. She is portrayed as a lovelorn nayika (heroine)
searching for her lover in every nook and corner of the forest. The deer,
offering affection and understanding tenderly, is a symbolic representation
as a companion to the desperate nayika. It is the most gentle among animals
and suggests childlike innocence. In some contexts, it is also a symbol of
auspiciousness and holiness.
The lady has a delicate face with a prominent forehead, slightly receding
chin and almond shaped eyes that bespeak of her passion for her lover as
well as her eagerness of waiting. Her body is young and lissome, limbs
tender, the breasts full, and the hands and feet delicate. The concave curve
of the urn comfortably fits into the convex of her waist. She wears a
multi-pleated ghagra with a short choli and a diaphanous odhini: an attire
typical of the Bundi School of Rajasthan.
Subtle details and curvilinear modulating contours of the animate figure is
noticeable. Delicate drawing, clear gesture, and simple composition make up
This description by Renu Rana.
Of Related Interest:
Ragini in Distress
Ragini Gujari, Wife of Deepak Raga
Ragini Sehuti with Tigers
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