The divine stroke
Artist Bharati Singh explores the relationship between animals and the divine through her art
Animals and birds occupy an important place in Hinduism. Many legends and beliefs revolve around animals and birds which makes them sacred for the Hindus.
If a mouse is considered to be the vehicle of Ganesha then the serpent on Shiva’s neck symbolises the endless cycle of birth and regeneration. Goddess Kali rides the fierce lion to kill the evil forces.
Artist Bharati Singh explores this relationship in her upcoming exhibition “Animals, Birds and The Divine”.
She has depicted Krishna with cows and peacocks, Saraswati surrounded with the swans and Lakshmi with birds.
“I have depicted Goddess Durga sitting on a tiger holding a lotus in a hand. This is meant to show the diverse sides of Durga, that she is generous and full of mercy but in totality, she is strong,” explains Singh.
According to the artist, the association of Krishna with cows and peacocks shows the gentler side of the men.
“Of course, the swans are the vehicle of Saraswati but there is a lot of artistic play in the work. The birds with Lakshmi represent prosperity and abundance,” says Singh.
She held her first painting exhibition of wild life in 1983. “In the beginning, the paintings were very realistic but with time, the forms started becoming simpler,” says Singh.
(The show comprises 36 works in oils which includes four drawings. The show will be on at IHC, Visual Arts Gallery from October 8 – October 11)
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