ANONYMOUS

The India Art Fair is annually held in January at the NSIC grounds, Okhla  in New Delhi.

It was an amazing opportunity to see some fabulous works of Art brought together under one Roof.

The threads that bind the four works of art selected by me for this blog are:

  1. The Artists of all the paintings are Anonymous.
  2. They are all almost 200 years old dating to the 19th Century.
  3. All of them are expressions of Faith and reveal tales from Hindu Mythology.

The Colourful and detailed featured Image of Maa Durga ending the terror of the Rakshas ( Demon) Mahishasur portrays so many symbols and tales that it would take me years to understand and pen them down.

The large almond shaped  eyes are a signature of the artists of Bengal and Maa Durga is portrayed as such to date.

The painting below beautifully illustrates Lord Shiva with his wife Parvati  seated on their vehicle the Bull, Nandi. Mount Kailash in the the Himalayas is his fabled abode which is depicted in the picture below.

lord shiva and maa parvati
Lord Shiva with his consort Goddess Parvati

An unusual potrayal of  Goddess Parvati depicted as Mother with her younger son Lord Ganesha.

The crown in the painting seems to be an influence from the Mughal Period  and is repeated in all the pictures above as well.

Maa Durga is an incarnation of Goddess Paravati who assumes a Fierce and Powerful form armed with various weapons to end the Evil of the Demon Mahishasura.

Symbolism and  Philosophy  is deeply entrenched in all the depictions and portrayals in the paintings.

Maa and Ganeshji
Mother and Child

The painting of the Goddess Saraswati below  is distinctively different from those above.

The headgear and attire are more in tune with depictions from Southern India. The style was made extremely popular by the famous artist Raja Ravi Verma from Travancore ( now in modern day Kerala).

The attention to detail is simply mind blowing as the Jewellery is visible through the extremely fine and translucent Saree that drapes the Goddess of Wisdom.

The Veena ( musical instrument in her hands) , the string of White Pearls and the Vedas  ( Holy Books ) symbolize the Goddess of Fine Arts and Knowledge.

 

Maa Saraswati
The Goddess of Knowledge , Maa Saraswati

All the paintings show the fascinating minds of the Anonymous Artists who have unfortunately been lost in the Mists of Time.

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Painted forests in Bandavgarh

As I began blogging , I had never imagined i would share  a section on paintings and artworks.

Am into chapter two and have still not reached the BANDAVGARH TIGER RESERVE. So many stories to tell….

However  Nature and   ‘The Almighty’ have their own ways.

All the paintings depicted are photographs taken at the Samode Safari Lodge . I hope they are still there.

Am sharing them with you as they reveal stories of wildlife and nature in flamboyant colour and incredible detail. They depict the story of  INCREDIBLE INDIA perfectly.

The wall paintings are done by “GOND” aritsts , ( tribals from Central India who inhabit forests )  and  have a unique and discernible  style .Do you recognize it?

The three that follow are fabulous wall paintings I spotted in the washroom of our cottage suite .

wall painting of a tiger
wall painting of a leopard and a bird on a tree
stripes
Stripes of a tiger
birds and trees
birds and trees

The main theme of the “GOND” artists are the  flora and fauna  of the   forests they inhabit. Hence very dear to me.

Do see the featured image of about 30 paintings each depicting the fauna of the forests of the area.

The other artist I discovered , was at the Spa of the Lodge.

A gorgeous painting of Lord Hanuman ( the monkey God  ) adorns the wall at the entrance to the spa. If you wish to see more details  can email  pictures with a high resolution as well. Do ask.

The beautiful  baskets on the table are  made by village folk and collected from different parts of the country.

The forest and Hanuman
The forest and Hanuman

The  artist  is from the South of India and depicts stories of Hindu mythology. I had seen some of his spectacular paintings in Delhi and thus recognized his unique signature.

The details in the paintings unveil  stories from the Ramayan ( an epic) related to magical beings which inhabit the oceans , fruit bearing trees and life restoring plants . Followers of movies like  Harry Potter and AVATAR will relate immediately to these  magical creatures and plants.

Thus when you travel with me,  not only will  you see the unusual  but will also be enthralled with stories from Ancient India  .