According to Indian system of classical music there are six principal ragas, each Raga having five wives called raginis and eight sons. Thus complete Ragamala consists of eighty four raga and raginis. In Ragamala paintings a raga is personified using symbolism of deities or nayaka-nayika. The theme, characters and their attitudes, colours, background, etc. are composed to evoke the mood and sentiment of that raga. The manner in which Kangra painters capture the mood of the raga and transform an aural art into a pictorial art of lyrical quality is truly unique.
Raga Kumbha is son of Sri Raga. In the painting a young beautiful lady is pulling a pitcher out of the well and a thirsty soldier is waiting for water to be offered to him. The intricate brush work in making ornaments of the lady and leaves of the tree shows skill of the artiste. He birds seeking each other on the tree are poetic symbol of love.