Ragini Todi

Unknown1785 AD - 1790 AD

National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

It is said that Todi is an old tribal folk melody which has developed into a classical melody ragini Todi of raga Deepak. Ragini Todi a damsel of dazzling complexion separated from her lover and like a yogini renounced the world, abides in the grove and charms the deers with her melody. The motif of deer enchanted by music is very well known and familiar throughout in the old Indian classical literature. This motif is very judiciously fused into the conception of thismelody and beautifully utilized by the artists to render this melody from 17th to 19th century in the several paintings. She is searching for her lover in every nook and corner of the forest and playing music on her veena. Her eyes bespeak of her passion for her lover.

The unknown painter of this charming painting has painted with remarkable ease and imagination stated to be the representation of this dove-eyed Todi ragini of the raga Dipaka.

This ragini is conceived as a khandita nayika who is separated from her lover. She is a very good singer who recites a raga named Todi. Seated on a raised platform, nayika is playing on vina and recites the raga while the black buck and the white dove are listening with rapt attention. In Rajasthani paintings, this symbolism is used for portraying ragini Todi.


  • Title: Ragini Todi
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1785 AD - 1790 AD
  • Location: Kangra, India
  • Physical Dimensions: w170 x h245 mm (without cover)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi
  • Style: Indian Paintings & Art
  • Place Part Of: India

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