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Rama fighting with his sons with the help of Hanuman over a horse sacrifice. Watercolour drawing.


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Sita was forced to prove her purity after her abduction by Ravana and subsequent rescue by Rama. Though Sita proved her innocence and Rama believed her, she was banished by his people to the forest whereupon she retreated and gave birth to twin sons, Kusa and Lava. Many years later Rama went to the forest to perform a horse sacrifice, the horse bolted and was captured by Kusa and Lava. Rama insisted that the horse be returned, the twins refused and fought with Rama's aids and eventually Rama himself. Rama eventually recognised his sons and was reunited with Sita and their sons

Physical description

1 drawing : pencil, with watercolour and silver

Notes

Kalighat painting is a school of painting in Kalighat, a small district in Calcutta. It is named after the celebrated Hindu goddess Kali. Kalighat painting originated from the folkart tradition of rural Bengal. The Patuas or picture makers had migrated from Bengal in the early nineteenth century. There are a range of subjects from religious imagery of Hindu gods, goddesses and stories to natural history, social types and proverbs. The range of materials used in drawing are pencil, watercolour, indian ink and silver paint

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Wellcome Library no. 26784i

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