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Hindu Art Paintings


Representing the elements of Hinduism, including Hindu gods and episodes from the Upanishads, created in the tradition of Indian miniature painting.

Vastraharan Lila of Shri KrishnaIn her perpetual battle against the negative forces threatening the world, the valiant goddess Durga often manifests further incarnations of her own power (shakti), known as 'matrikas' (mothers). There she is, riding her sprinting tiger sideways, much like the graceful women of India do so even today on two-wheeled vehicles. Marching in unison are the seven mothers, dressed modestly (and simply) from head to toe, at the same time brandishing deadly weapons, a true personification of the domestic goddess, much feared by mcp's.

Seated on a tree trunk extending over from the bank to the waters of the river Yamuna, Radha and Krishna gaze adoringly into each others eyes; the same couple embraces frontally, on a pink, full-blooming lotus amidst a dreamy scenario. Three visualizations of musical modes (Raginis) - Todi (Wife of Raga Malkounsa); Vasanti (heralding the arrival of spring) and Madhumaadhavai (all honeyed) and Radha in the Kishangarh idiom (Bani Thani), further enrich the collection.

Kailash Raj, perhaps India's finest miniaturist, lays bare his awesome talent on a 11 x 16 inch painted surface. A bearded maharaja (Man Singh of Jodhpur), stands venerating Durga, with more hands than one can perhaps count. Attending to her are two adolescent Shivas, popularly known as Bhairavas. The goddess, seated on a lotus cushion, placed on a throne supported by four golden lions, is the focal point of the artwork. The whole composition is placed outdoors, with a distant landscape in perspective and curly clouds in the sky.

With softly applied light hues (nearly in wash), another painting shows Lord Ganesha holding various weapons in his many arms, supporting his consort at the left. Both are poised on a lotus, hanging without a support, floating as if in space; Krishna swinging with Radha; a multitude of women adoring the androgyne form of Shiva (Ardhanrishvara) and a Jain Tirthankara on a serpent throne, venerated by two nagas.

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