Nritya Lord Ganesha In His Heavenly Abode
Origin of the folk arts of India lies in the simple endeavours of the homebound womenfolk. In their leisure, they sought to add to the aesthetics of their dwellings, which resulted in highly characteristic paintings. Even today, works of art made using traditional folk techniques have an irreplicable lucidity. The one you see on this page is an eloquent image of the nritya Ganesha. Indeed, devotion is the go-to theme of the majority of folk artists.
The Lord’s feet motion atop a platform rimmed with lotus petals, which is placed on a multi-tiered pedestal. It is His ashtabhujadhari (eight-armed) roopa, with two of which He stretches taught a serpent above His head. The lotus-rimmed aureole is a superb example of the artist’s fine attention to detail. From the haloed crown of the Lord to His roopa and shringar, each aspect of Him has been projected with great shraddha.
A traditional temple-door frames the central composition. Zoom in on the engravings of the pillar to appreciate the perfectly symmetrical, high-precision brushwork. The semblances of the clouds in the background are indicative of His heavenly abode. A pair of apsaras and His vahana, the mouse, stand at His pedestal in veneration. Hanging this painting up in your space would be like adding a piece of India to your space.
WATER COLOR PAINTING ON TUSSAR SILK
FOLK ART FROM THE TEMPLE TOWN PURI (ORISSA)
ARTIST: RABI BEHRA
24 INCH X 36 INCH