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Raaga Chitramala

The Department of Archaeology & Museums in association with Department of Tourism, Government of Telangana is presenting Raaga Chitramala. It is a Lecture cum Demonstration on Raag and Raginis by acclaimed music exponents - Dr. Sudha Patwardhan, the disciple of Padmabhushan Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan accompanied by Sri Suhas Shastri on Tabla, Sri Rahul Deshpande on Harmonium & vocal support by Smt. Aradhana Karhade Shastri.

The word mala in Hindi means a stringed necklace clearly defining the concept of Raga Chitramala as a unique union of music, paintings and fervent love. The main objective of this Chitramala is to illustrate a raaga in its divine male/female personification based on the raaga's tone. Each of these painting is filled with symbolic representations. The painter has rendered an image that unfolds in his imagination as he listens to a specific raaga/ragini, which identifies the metaphorical influence on the paintings.

Raaga Chitramaala set of paintings were acquired in 1937 by Padma Bhushan Dr. Ghulam Yazdani, the founder and former director of Archaeological Department of Hyderabad State. Today, the paintings are housed in a heritage building built by the Asaf Jahis at the State Museum, Hyderabad, Telangana State. The State Museum is one of the richest repositories of antiquities and art objects in the country. The Museum showcases Hindu, Jain & Buddhist sculptures and bronzes, decorative art objects, paintings (copies of Ajanta, Chugtai, Miniature and Modern) and 18th-19th century objects in a Period Room.

This event is an earnest attempt by the Department of Archaeology and Museums in association with Department of Tourism, Govt. of Telangana to bring out the nuances of the Raaga and Raginis of Indian classical music.