Mysticism of Bani Thani in Kishangarh Paintings

 

 

Bani Thani was an enchanting mistress of Raja Sawant Singh of Kishangarh in Rajasthan. She was an quintessential Indian beauty with her elongated face with a high forehead, arched eyebrows, half open lotus eyes, sharp pointed nose, thin curved sensuous lips and a pointed chin over a long narrow neck. The curl of the hair around the ear added to her innate grace. She was the inspiration of the image of Radha of Kishangarh School of painting.

Besides being blessed with natural beauty she was also an accomplished poetess and singer. In later years, Bani Thani along with Sawant Singh retired to the life of reclusion, singing devotional bhajans in praise of Krishna till they lost to the eternity.

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