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Todi Ragini, Indian, Rajasthani About 1760. Bundi or Kota, Rajasthan, Northern India. http://mfas3.s3.amazonaws.com/objects/SC186108.jpg

Todi Ragini, Indian, Rajasthani About 1760. Bundi or Kota, Rajasthan, Northern India. http://mfas3.s3.amazonaws.com/objects/SC186108.jpg

An illustrated manuscript of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan attending the marriage procession of his eldest son Dara Shikoh. Mughal-Era fireworks were utilized to brighten the night throughout the wedding ceremony (c.1740).

An illustrated manuscript of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan attending the marriage procession of his eldest son Dara Shikoh. Mughal-Era fireworks were utilized to brighten the night throughout the wedding ceremony (c.1740).

Portrait of the marriage of H.H. Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV and Rana Prathap Kumari of Kathiawar, painted in 1904 Raja Ravi Varma, Painter of Colonial India.

Portrait of the marriage of H.H. Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV and Rana Prathap Kumari of Kathiawar, painted in 1904 Raja Ravi Varma, Painter of Colonial India.

Shri Saraswati - Goddess of art and learning, is the aspect of the Divine for the Swadisthana Chakra.

Shri Saraswati - Goddess of art and learning, is the aspect of the Divine for the Swadisthana Chakra.

Rajasthani ladies lighting fireworks during Diwali, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Rajasthan, 18th century.

Rajasthani ladies lighting fireworks during Diwali, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Rajasthan, 18th century.


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An illustrated manuscript of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan attending the marriage procession of his eldest son Dara Shikoh. Mughal-Era fireworks were utilized to brighten the night throughout the wedding ceremony (c.1740).

An illustrated manuscript of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan attending the marriage procession of his eldest son Dara Shikoh. Mughal-Era fireworks were utilized to brighten the night throughout the wedding ceremony (c.1740).

Portrait of Sri Chamarajendra Wadiyar in the suit embroidered with Zardozi- by Sheikh Shams Uddin

Portrait of Sri Chamarajendra Wadiyar in the suit embroidered with Zardozi- by Sheikh Shams Uddin

Raja Ravi Varma's Draupadi (in disguise at the court of King Virata.)

Raja Ravi Varma's Draupadi (in disguise at the court of King Virata.)

Raja Ravi Varma paints Damayanthi sending a message to Nala through a swan. Waist belts were common in those times and a simple and effective way for Indian women to know if they were gaining weight. Apart from benefiting from the properties of precious metals against their body when they bathed.

Raja Ravi Varma paints Damayanthi sending a message to Nala through a swan. Waist belts were common in those times and a simple and effective way for Indian women to know if they were gaining weight. Apart from benefiting from the properties of precious metals against their body when they bathed.

HH Sri Chamarajendra Wadiyar X (oil on canvas), 1885, Collection: Srikantha Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, The Palace, Mysore. Painted by Raja Ravi Varma

HH Sri Chamarajendra Wadiyar X (oil on canvas), 1885, Collection: Srikantha Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, The Palace, Mysore. Painted by Raja Ravi Varma

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