The composite that you see on this page features a pair of circular panels. Their edges are lined with shapely white petals, which in turn are miniscule panels featuring the lovers intoxicated with their own music. Between the two are twin vertical strips of three panels each; and beneath them all is a horizontal strip of ten (‘dasha’) ochre-coloured panels featuring a single Vishnu-avatara each. This entire ensemble is surrounded by a series of small circular panels that define all four edges of the painting. A bed of soft green vine, interspersed with delicate pink petals, fills up the spaces amidst the panels.
Against the jet balck of the background, the palette of rich greens, blues, and ochres is a feast for the eyes. This is highly characteristic of the pattachitra form of folk art, which is traditionally practised in India with a focus on aesthetics as well as Vaishnavite narrative value.
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