Thala Valmiki

Tala Valmiki

Tala Valmiki is a composition of six pluta matras. The symbols etc are described as in the rest of the Talas. Some portion from the bolas is now invisible, however it is evident that some pieces are repeated.

A young and handsome ascetic seated in front of his hut represents the Tala Valmiki. He is obviously a person of means. The tranquil atmosphere of the hermitage, situated on the banks of what apparently was intended to be a small rivulet has not failed to affect even the wild and the ferocious. The tiger seated behind the sage affects the air of a pet cat! Valmiki holds a book in his right hand and a cup in the left.

Noteworthy are the handsome face, the comparatively bare background, the simple hut, and the delicately delineated clouds that resemble velvet cloth-hangings. The typical medieval fondness for ornament expresses itself through the pearl border of his topi and the numerous ornaments that bedeck his person. A bright-red double-lined saffi’on mark, a typical Maratha feature, adorns his broad forehead.

The Tala is apparently named after ‘the first of them all’ —the Adikavi— Valmiki, whose Ramayana has captivated the hearts of millions and millions over the centuries. The big cat and the book are perhaps symbolic of the two aspects of his life—one violent and ferocious, the other that of the great healer, the healer of minds. The miniature graphically describes the latter mood, the lack of details or incomplete state of the background unwittingly assist in creating the effect.

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