When a Hindu ruler commissioned a Muslim painter to recreate the Ramayana
By Veejay Sai
INDIA---The opening folio of the Mewar Ramayana is an image of Kumbhakarna, Ravana’s giant brother. He is deep in slumber, even as everyone around him tries to wake him up, after Ravana’s orders to engage him in the war against Rama. A Muslim painter, Sahib Din was the head of the studios that Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar (1628-52) ran. We know little about Sahib Din or his life, what we do know is through his paintings from the 1630s and 1640s. The entire Mewar school was standardised by his ideas.[link]
The Illustrated Mewar Ramayana (Roli Books) will be on display at the Bikaner House, New Delhi, until November 9.