→ 07 Jul 12 at 4 pm
While the Clouds Gather - Kangra Miniature Painting ca. 1825
This painting portrays an ideal romantic type of heroine (nayika), who is anxious in separation from her lover. As the season changes, and the monsoon approaches, he is yet to return. She is said to gaze at the gathering clouds, only to find the pain of separation ever more intense. She is shown here beautifully dressed in lilac attire, pointing to the clouds with one hand and turning back to look at her friends, as if to say that this at least is the season in which he should have returned.