Raga Portrait No. 10

by Christopher Engel

22″ x 30″ – Mixed Media on Paper


Engel’s “The Raga Portraits,” were created during the depths of  winter in his Sag Harbor studio, while listening to Ali Akbar Khan’s and Ravi Shankar’s world renowned ragas. The meaning of raga is “color or hue,” and the Sanskrit word is interpreted as “passion” and, figuratively, “something that colors ones emotions.” Engel uses passionate, rich hues to portray an abundance of moods and feelings using the musical phrasing of the raga as inspiration; conveying rhythmic patterns that are more important than the individual “notes” or “subjects” within. The way the notes are played also change the meaning of the composition, similar to the placement of the images on paper.

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