Nala and Damayanti -

Nala and Damayanti

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Nala and Damayanti: A Great series of paintings of an old Indian Romance

Three things come magically together in this remarkable series of paintings: a great text, a delectable old romance, and the work of one of the most talented families of painters known to Indian art. The text is the 12th-century Naishadhacharita of Sriharsha, one of the last great kavya of Sanskrit literature. The story, told with the utmost delicacy, centers around the intense love that grew – mutual sights heard of but yet unseen – between King Nala and Princess Damayanti, and the painter family that produced this exquisitely painted series came from the small principality of Guler in the ‘Pahari' hills: today's Himachal Pradesh.