Tala Govinda

Tala Govinda

The space usually occupied by the words Sri Ganesayanamah is left vacant. The Tala consists of a couple of laghu matras, two druta matras then guru and finally a pluta matra. The space left between the symbols and chachakaras may not have any significance. The name of the Tala is mentioned in the definition but is not repeated at the head of the painting.

Govinda, the cowherd of Mathura welcomes the advent of rains—which are not shown in the painting. A couple of Gopis join him—he dances, they keep company with a veena and a pair of cymbals. In the foreground is a peacock casting his joyous eyes on the blue form in his front,the one who has the same complexion as the dark clouds that hold the necter of his life—payodhara. A poetic convention rendered in pictorial form often enough. The god has four arms, with the lower he gesticulates nrtya mudras, with the upper two holds the conch, the cakra and his favourite flute. The bright yellow and red garments of the joyful triade present a gay contrast to the green of the valley beyond and the dark blue sky above.

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