An Authentic Denotation - Part - 2

About Basant Raga


In the earliest episode, I went into detail about the First figurative model of the musical rhythm performed the role of Sree-Raga. That figurative formation pointed out the season of fall-winter. It’s an incredible game of nature that the winter season consistently invites spring after the end of its modest lifetime to revitalize the nature as well as to tell, why we should take a longer time to live in our beautiful world! Spring arrives along with infinite joy which serves us plenty of happiness moreover, we charmed once again in a different way by forgetting our darkest past.

By following this conduct of nature, that unidentified producer of the musical scripture composed a musical rhythm and as a consequence, inserted it in the next of Sree-Raga. As I aforementioned during the past article that nature inescapably dominates the individual soul or mind, however, following the periodic impact, Basant-Raga composed to demonstrate the aesthetic sense of spring season. Personally, I enjoyed quite often this impressive musical composition and indeed, this musical harmony will let you forget about each emotional and mental stress or dejection. There are certainly a great number of evergreens romantic songs has composed with this basic musical tune in Indian film industry.

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Basant Raag With Ragini Hindoli

Based on the information, it included six sub-rhythms as well. Those are Hindoli, Gurjori, Malawi, Pathmanjary, Sabari, and Kaushiki represented as the wives of Basant Raga. The author considered the body color of Basant Raga is golden yellow just same as the color of his dresses. What’s the explanation for preferring this color? Considering the fact that it’s indicating the spring season. Yellow is the color of pleasure, glory and happiness. Basant Raga never uses of any ornaments, alternatively, he likes to use mango flower as an ear-ring. Mainly because it’s the time of blossoming this flower to message us that the season offering to present this favorite fruit. The eye color for this figurative model is red which is expressing the stimulation of the body and mind. First wife Hindoli appears to be pretty sober. Body color considered as a metaphor of moonshine. Her presence always creates a comforting atmosphere. She encourages to Basant Raga for dancing with her, by the incredible rhythmic sound of her drum. Author imagined them as an evergreen couple.

It had become quite difficult as for me to emphasize the impact of moonshine as the body color of Hindoli. However, I transferred a pleasurable sober blue as a body color of the first wife. I placed the couple in a green valley with colorful flowers in order to demonstrate the seasonal perception.

In this article, I would like to present the original musical harmony of the Basant Raga in flute performed by Pd. Pannalal Ghosh. You will be amazed to listen to this excellent music. But wait! In the beginning, keep it in your mind that the musical tune is absolutely pure musical tune of Raag Basant which mostly uses in several musical composition. Additionally, this musical harmony performed without having sub-rhythms of Basant Raga such as Hindoli, Gurjori Malawi and so on. I share it mainly because you will be able to determine what exactly this rhythm was. Keep your persistence to listen to the music until the end, you will be immersed in it and realize something special!

There is plenty of miniature paintings concerning the Basanta Raga reflects the strongest attraction of this musical rhythm. On the other hand, when you tend to observe intensely a majority of the paintings, you will discover that miniature artists were seriously impacted by the myth of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha once they were attempted to illustrate this rhythm. In some of the paintings, artists have placed them at the river side of Jamuna (A famous holy river of Vrindavan related to the lifespan of Sree Krishna) by placing Lord Krishna in substitution of the figurative model of Basanta Raga. There was a geographical reason behind it. Once I visited Vrindavan (the birthplace of Lord Krishna) located at the Utter Pradesh, I noticed that the location is not only very near to Rajasthan, however, certain influential places of Vrindavan is a part of Rajasthan. It just a border area between the province of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It is, therefore, apparent the reason why they influenced by the myth of Lord Krishna. 

Basant Raag represented as Lord Krishna with the friends of Radha. Image resource - pizea.com
Basant Raag represented as Lord Krishna with the friends of Radha. Image resource - pizea.com

Let me share a noticeable reality that miniature artists of Rajasthan not only impressed by the style of Mughal miniature art but reformed it by their very own traditional values and established it just as an Indian icon of art. We distinguish that India was not the birthplace of Mughal art instead, it accompanied with the very first emperor of Mughal kingdom named Babar, as a part of the Persian culture. However in India, it had been reached the highest label of success.

In accordance with the superiority of the Indian miniature art, artists of Kangra valley has established their unbeatable talent but artists of Rajasthan obtained the versatility in their work. Before the Mughal era, they restricted their creativity in spiritual subjects. But once they came across with Mughal technique, their subject matter sprayed in several means such as portrait painting, king’s courtroom painting, group hunting and inevitably Raga-Mala paintings. I don’t want to indicate that those artists of Kangra valley didn’t work towards those subjects but artists of Rajasthan acquired some specialties in their styles, methods and entire composition which established them differently and their paintings became a milestone of Indian art.

The original painting labeled as "Basant Raga With Ragini Hindoli" is currently ready for sale from SHOP page of this website. Feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to collect original or have any queries.

In next episode, I'll discuss regarding the third musical rhythm named as Raga Vairaba. Let me know how you enjoy this musical rhythm. Leave your comments below and share this wonderful musical harmony and related painting of Raga Basant. Thank you for showing your interest.   


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