The vigil of Utka, the expectant heroine

I was inspired by the traditional, miniature style Basohli Painting, that I came across in M.S. Randhawa’s book of the same name.

It is a painting of Utka, the expectant heroine who is waiting at the trysting place. Nearby is a lotus pond. It is a pitch dark night and her anxiety is greatly aroused at her lover’s inability to keep his appointment with her at the promised hour.

The vigil of the expectant heroine

The vigil of the expectant heroine

In the pendant cum brooch, Utka’s anxiety is evident through the restlessness of the parrot and the startled deer (back of piece), both symbols of love. The piece is made of sterling silver and pearls.

The vigil of Utka: front

The vigil of Utka: front

The vigil of Utka: back

The vigil of Utka: back

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4 thoughts on “The vigil of Utka, the expectant heroine

  1. Your interpretation in silver of Utka’s anxiety is so beautiful Pallavi, and original! Loved the story and the piece. Keep up your marvelous work.

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