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Tilkayat Damodarji Maharaj with a shishya - Mewar

August 31, 1850
Nathdwara Haveli
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

Tilkayat Damodarji Maharaj with a shishya - Mewar



Gouache on paper 12.8 x 9.8 in. (32.5 x 24.9 cm.) In a short lived stewardship, Tilkayat Damodarji made a great impact on varied aspects of society. He constructed a number of private and public utility buildings including Bada Baag, Bada Bazar, Mathura Darwaza, a Gaushala (to accommodate 4000 cows), Lalbaug Palace and completed the boundary wall of Girdharsagar Lake. His tenure was comparatively peaceful and his relation with rulers of various kingdoms was cordial. He was conferred certain powers related to justice in his region by Maharana Bhim Singh. A number of painters flourished under his patronage and got a lot of ambitious projects completed like murals in the Haveli and in Mahuvavala akhada. Unlike other terrace set up compositions, this painting shows a chik (curtain) drawn behind the balustrade which acts as a decorated backdrop and the same set up was also used for other paintings.

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