An Authentic Denotation... Part - 3

About Vairaba Raga

In this segment, I am about to represent the third figurative model of the Indian classical music recognized as the Vairaba Raga. In the former episode, I asserted that those miniature artists duly impressed by the myth of Lord Krishna when they represented the figurative form of the Basant Raga due to the impact of geographical location. However, once they attempted to represent the Raga Vairaba on canvas, they motivated by the figurative imagination of Lord Shiva. What was the logic behind it? The answer is, the precise description of that nameless author concerning this Raga, which had been very similar to Lord Shiva. There was one more reason behind this unique fabrication of that author. In accordance with the realization of the most ancient mythological sages, Lord shiva is represented as the symbol of peace, satiety, and rigidity. Meanwhile, Lord Shiva is a frenzied figure of the summer season. It additionally indicates the irritability and rage. It's quite interesting and incredible combination of two contradictory characters.

Based on Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is a symbol of the cataclysm of last day of our universe. Perhaps it is very close to the concept of resurrection. Additionally, it is believed that it emanated directly from the face of Lord Shiva.

Vairaba Raag With Ragini Vairabi. Oil Painting on stretched canvas.

Mainly the author composed this figurative notion of the rhythm "Vairaba Raga" for the time of the dawn of summer season. Nowadays this rhythm is using only during the time of dawn in almost any season. Depending on the description, his body color is blue which representing the strength or power. He makes use of the snake as an ornament of his neck. We discern that the body warmness of a snake is a quite low thus, it bears a coolness. It is actually the reason behind this concept of using the snake as his ornament. Subsequently, this figurative model bears four hands. In the upper left hand, he is displaying a chain made by the fruit named "Rudraksha". It assists for concentrating his mind deeply. In the upper right hand, he is bearing fire. It's a symbol of the intensity of hottest summer season. In the lower left hand, he bearing a three-headed weapon named Trishul. It's a symbol of destruction. In another way, the three heads are a symbol of three characters, those are; from the left side, - morality, judgment or attribute of work, and gloom or darkness. He uses the skin of the dead tiger as his dress. This model is very near to a hermit of naga (naked) community. Those hermits uphold their body naked to prove the honor and gratefulness to Lord Shiva. I presented this figure with his first wife named Vairabi who just have completed her morning adoration before sunrise and started this musical rhythm with lute for entertain to Raga Vairaba. Here Vairabi anticipated just as the wife of Lord Shiva named Parvati. The names of his other wives are Tori, Ramkeri, Gulkeri, Bengali, and Syndhabi. I significantly bent the head of Raga Vairaba to establish his mental satisfaction. In the background, I produced the effect of dawn which described as the best time for this rhythm.

Here Lord Shiva presented in a pleasant mood, however, there was an additional figurative model of Lord Shiva anticipated by the most ancient Indian artists as a frenzied figure. Despite the fact that this figurative idea originated from a mythological story related to the death of his wife named Parvati, but it also an amazing figurative form of the summer season. The name of this figurative form is "Nataraj". Here is an example associated with the figure.

Statue of Nataraja. Image resource - www.lotussculpture.com

It's a very artistic dancing figurative model of Lord Shiva and this dancing form has become included in the Indian classical dance. This form indicating the anger, outrage, and destruction.

Here is also a demonstration of this beautiful musical rhythm of Raga Vairaba in Santoor. Just listen and refresh your mind instantly. 

Raga Vairaba. Probably Culu style Year 1700 Image resource - www. pinterest.com/anuragojha/

It is the fact that the miniature artists of India were not maintained the actual description of the author whenever they performed this rhythm on canvas. In some of the oldest paintings, they even changed Lord Shiva and replaced their own imaginary figurative idea. However without a doubt it possibly noticeable that they firmly established the mood of this rhythm on their canvas with their unbeatable talent.


 In the next episode I'll discuss regarding the forth rhythm of Indian classical music named Megh Raga. There is an interesting historical story behind this musical rhythm happened on the period of Emperor Akbar. Keep visiting to know more.  


Now let me know how you enjoy this musical rhythm and what's your opinion regarding this amazing figurative formation created by the miniature artists of India. My painting is now available for sale on SHOP page of this website. It would be my pleasure to assist you if you have any question related to your purchase. Feel free to contact me at any time and  don't forget to share this article in your friend circle. Thank you. 

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Last updated on - 07.12.2023