Often depicted in a rural setting, in the solitude of a hermitage
or surrounded by animals spellbound by this music, hermits and ascetics play the
, their favoured instrument.
Deccani artistes enjoyed painting enigmatic lady ascetics (yogini
traversing lonely landscapes, playing to themselves. This sumptuously attired young lady
plays a one-string vina
of a very early variety, and her playing posture seems
identical to that of the celestial being in the Ajanta mural painting.
Yogini playing a vina,
second quarter of the 17th century