Published April 19, 2017 at 16:34
Music of Courtly India is a new British Museum Partnership Spotlight exhibition, coming to Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery from the end of June.
The new exhibition features works made in India for courtly patrons including a stunning album of ragamala paintings (c.1610) an ivory sarinda instrument (c.1700) and five 18th century ragamala paintings on loan from the British Museum.
Popular amongst Rajput and Mughal patrons in northern India, and Sultanate patrons in the Deccan (south-central India), ragamala paintings are visual interpretations of poems based on classical Indian raga music. They convey the moods of love, longing and devotion via a rich array of characters, from solitary ascetics to women of the court.
The exhibition is part of the British Museum South Asia Season 2017 and is supported by the Dorset Foundation.
This display is part of the UK India Year of Culture, a celebration of the longstanding relationship between the UK and India with cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries throughout 2017. The Year of Culture marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence and is organised by the British Council, the Indian High Commission and the U.K. government.
It will also run alongside India’s Gateway, a photographic exhibition at Blackburn museum until July 15, that aims to capture life in both Gujarat and Mumbai, areas that through trade and migration have developed strong links with the UK and in particular East Lancashire as a result of the textile industries of the past.
Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for said:
I urge as many people as possible not to miss this fantastic exhibition which will enable visitors to find out more about the heritage of a country which, we especially here in East Lancashire, have extremely strong bonds.
Music of Courtly India opens on June 30 and is at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery until August 26.
It will feature a talk by Dr Imma Ramos, the British Museum’s curator of the South Asia collections on July 20 from 5:30-7:30pm.
The talk is free and can be booked via the museum on 01254 667130.
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is free and open to the public Wednesdays to Saturdays, 12noon to 4.45pm.