Showcasing Incredible India is this wonderful painting by MF Hussain located in the lobby of the The LALIT at New Delhi.
The Lalit at New Delhi is now a treasure trove of Art. Every nook and corner is a photographers delight .
The intelligent choice of colours , animals and objects reflects the diversity of this ancient land. White elephants , Orange Tigers, men in saffron and green reflect a very intense and intelligent mind.
MF Hussain is probably one of the most celebrated ( and prized too) artists of Modern India .
A close and piece meal analysis shows precisely why?
Do observe the tiger has eyes, but the men do not. The headgear and colour of the men reveal their religious beliefs.
The left corner of the painting has a discrete signature of the artist ( see above) , whereas the bottom right depicts a Naga tribal from the North-Eastern lands of India.
Shakti or Woman power in the form of Maa Durga is portrayed on her vehicle The Tiger.
The Devi Durga is painted a lovely blue representing her consort Lord Shiva. The three heads (symbolizing the three worlds or The Universe) are also representative of THE TRINITY of the Hindu pantheon.
Maa Durga rides a Tiger
The History of India unfolds on this colourful and bright canvas.
Raani ki Jhansi ( Queen of Jhansi) with her infant on the extreme right rides an armoured elephant , the British Soldier in black and the Marathas in Pink and telltale headgear, tell the story of the Freedom Movement in 1857.
Understanding MF Hussain at THE LALIT
It is for me one of the masterpieces of this highly prized Artist . As I see more of the painting I discover details I had missed in the view before.
If you have a chance turn your head upwards as you approach the reception of the Hotel. You will be spellbound too.
Do revert with your comments and interpretations.