For the first time nearly 120 paintings from the British Library’s lavishly illustrated 17th century Ramayana manuscripts are on public display in its summer exhibition: The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India’s Great Epic, 16 May – 14 September 2008. The Mewar Ramayana manuscripts were produced between 1649 and 1653 for Rana Jagat Singh of Mewar in his court studio at Udaipur . Illustrated on the grandest scale, with over 400 paintings. Two volumes have been identified as being painted by the studio master Sahib Din, a Muslim painter who spent his life painting Hindu legends like Ramayana and Geet Govinda. The exhibition curator Jerry Losty explains the significane of this Mewar Ramayana.
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