This painting is from the Baramasa series of Kangra paintings depicting month of Bhadon (August -September). The lovers are seated in a balcony of a house in a garden watching a flight
of cranes. On hearing the thunder -clap following a flash of lightning the lady embraces her lover.
Keshav Das thus describes the month of Bhadon:
Ghorat ghan chahun ora ghosh nirghoshani mandahin,
Dharadhar dhari dharani musal dharani jal chhahdahin.
Jhilligan jhafikar pavan jhuki jhuki jhakajhorat,
Sinh bagh gufijarat purij kurijar taru torat.
Nishi din visesh nibesh mati jat su olo odie,
Des piyOshar vides vish Bhadon bhavan na chhodiye.
The purple clouds are gathering, the thunder
rolls and rain pours in torrents.
The wind blows fiercely, the cicadas chirp,
the lions roar, and elephants fell the trees.
The day is dark like the night, and
one’s own home is the best.
Pray leave me not in the month of Bhadon
for separation pains like poison.