Chhote Bharany, New Delhi 
From 1971 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from Chhote Bharany, New Delhi in December 1971
From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
 All of the Benkaim Bharany paintings were bought in the United States, according to Catherine Glynn Benkaim May 23-24, 2016, who further notes that the dealer Chhote Bharany had two children who went to school in California and he had relatives in NYC. Gurshuran Sidhu reported that Bharany took all of his paintings out of India before the Emergency (most probably in 1969) and kept them with William Wolff in New York.
- Previous Owner(s)
Chhote Bharany New Dehli, India
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
Dhanasri Ragini has the emotion of longing for one's absent beloved; the painful feeling (Sanskrit, viraha) is one of the central emotions explored in Indic poetry and music. The musical mode of Dhanasri is often represented as a lady recalling drawing a portrait of her lover. Arranged at her feet are a row of seashells, which artists used for mixing pigments, two bowls for water and two rectangular boxes for holding brushes. The empty in the chamber to the heroine's right emphasizes her lover's absence.
A few female artists are known, and the iconography of Dhanasri (as well as several famous episodes in Sanskrit classical literature) indicates that the idea of women drawing was widely imaginable.
The planarity of the scene, its deep, rich palette, and its narrow-headed, wide-eyed heroines are elements of painting in the small court of Raghogarh, where artists produced compositions that were often ultimately based upon Mughal compositions. In this painting, the sandstone pavilion, with its star-pattern tile floor, interior niches, voluminous red and green curtain tied up at the ceiling, (as well as the yellow-bordered red canopy shading the heroine) are simpler and more graphic versions of Mughal prototypes.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum