The specific moment of the vastraharan shown here is for me the definitive of Draupadi and her strength where even the mighty Pandavas are helpless. The pinch in the hair is symbolic of her hair held by dushyashan, while the blue is symbolic of purity as has been the case since the renaissance with the Virgin Mary shown in blue. Draupadi is also said to emit the perfume of a blue lotus from her body and hence the title blue lotus. The blue has been applied in almost one bold brushstroke. This a first in my continuous black and white series of figures where I have introduced colour. Draupadi being dusky and dusky complexion generally being associated with beauty in our native culture sits well with the black and white treatment. Draupadi is a strong female character that has multiple layers and requires a detailed reading of the epic itihasa poems to understand.
24 in x 30 in
Acrylic on canvas
INR 70,000 | USD 970
SYMPHONY IN BLUE
Done from the visits on the peripheral rural geographies of pune, this work is among the semi abstract landscapes that have been doing for more than 12 years. The blues and greys of the evening and the near still reflection on the water are a contemplative motif,one that tries to evoke the sublime.