zari work on the border of her Mundum neriyatum suggests that it is a festive
occasion, which is why this Nair woman, chosen as the subject of this oil
painting, is wearing the Kasavu or golden-border sari, worn on special events.
Arranged in the traditional basic drape, the sari along with the remarkable
hairdo highlight that the oil painting represents a scene from God’s own
country- Kerala, a preferred cultural background for the paintings of the famous Indian painter- Raja Ravi Varma.
wears minimal jewelry, all made out of pure gold which matches the simplistic
grace of her attire. She is sitting on a couch covered with costly rugs,
providing a comfortable space for her to play her instrument. Veena, a musical
instrument played by stroking its strings can be seen in her hands, with her
fingers elegantly placed on its strings. The lush greenery in her background
and the pillars that juxtapose it suggests that the lady is sitting on her
veranda, in between the interior and the exterior spaces. Her eyes,
contemplatively looking, not at the instrument in her hands, but at a distant
point hint that her mind has wandered off, following a trail of thoughts, into
the depths of the woods of her mental sphere.
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