The Magical World Of The Rajput Period

‘The Lovers Radha and Krishna in a Palm Grove’; miniature painting from the ‘Tehri Garhwal’ Gita ­Govinda (Song of the Cowherds), Punjab Hills, kingdom of Kangra or Guler, circa 1775–1780In India, writes William Dalrymple, the Rajput period (1750-1850) is remembered for violence, but recent exhibitions ‘reflect not a world at war but one seemingly lost in bucolic pleasure-seeking: a world where women eternally play on swings in pleasure gardens, lovers meet in dark

forest groves, and princesses gaze over palace balconies, pining for lost lovers, as monsoon clouds mass over the Himalayas.’

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