Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ashtapathy Series 1

Geeta Govindam by Poet Jayadeva attracted me with its beautiful descriptions. I wanted to attempt compositons based on these poems using various pan Indian art techniques. Here is a list of paintings I have done so far with the related poems from Ashtapathy.

Ashtapathy - Dhyana Shlokam


This painting is based on the Krishna Dhyana Shlokam of Ashtapathy. The calligraphy is from the verse :
Yadhgopi vadhanendhu Mandanam abhooth Kastoorikaa Patrakam 
Yellakshmikucha shaatha kumbhakalashae vyaakocham Indheewaram 
Yennirvaana vidhaana sadhana vidhau siddhanjanam yoginaam 
Tannahaa Shyaamalam aavirasthu hridhaye Krishnaabhidhaanam mahaha.
I chose these verses to start the series as these are the first shlokas coined by Jayadeva.  I also wanted to start my series with a prayer to Lord Krishna, the essence of Geeta Govindam. 

The styles used in this painting :

Gond Art:  Gond art originated in tribal Madhyapradesh. Bright colors, child like drawings and decoration with lines and dots are distinguishing features of this form of painting. The decoration with dots and lines bear striking resemblance to aboriginal art of Australia. The borders in this painting and the tree are created in this style. 

Lepakshi Style: The domes in this painting and the white flower garlands falling from the domes represent this art style. Originally from Andhra, this art form was created to revive Hinduism after a period of Islamic rule in South India. This is the base from which many south Indian art forms such as Mysore paintings and Tanjore paintings evolved.

Phad Painting: This is a folk painting style from Rajasthan. These were done on long scrolls of cloth to act as backdrops for the music and dance performances. The Radha and Krishna figures in this painting are done in this style. The characters in phad paintings always face each other instead of the viewer.

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