Thala Gajadanta

Tala Gajadanta

The name of Tala is Gajadanta but the letters danta are not visible in the title. The definition begins with a druta matra, then are, laghu, druta, three laghu matras, four plutas, a couple of guru rnatras, then one pluta, again a guru, pluta, druta and laghu. The rest of the definition, viz.
the symbols, chachalc as etc follows the common pattern. In the kavitta at the end the rãga Devagandhãra and raga Nata are mentioned. Bindu and iara are the synonyms used for druta and laghu respectively.

A brave man, a man who has taken on an elephant and killed the brute. What better trophy can he possess than the tusk of the vanquished adversary? This is a very close imitation of the pictorial motif of raga Kanada excepting the figure of an elephant which is nearly always shown in the ragacitra.

The hunter, a royal youth, is seated on a terrace surrounded by a garden, perhaps reminiscing the feat of his own bravery. He is looking in admiration at the tusk held in his hand. The leaping black buck in the distant hills perhaps beckons him to the deep jungles to indulge himself in his favourite sport.

The most noteworthy feature of this composition is the fiery vermilion of the background, suggestive of a hot, excited temperament. In other pictures of this series the ground is generally painted in cool tints like green and blue. Here the artist, for once, has grasped the mood and expressed it so very convincingly through his brush.

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