This mixed media triptych is based on the story of Lord Rama(God incarnate), who is the defender of good over evil. Through the story of Lord Rama, who is regarded as the noble king who espoused the highest of moral character, this multifaceted painting communicates the message of having a virtuous conduct.
As immigrants when we come to our new adopted country, we bring a partof our culture, our heritage of our birth country. The word, ‘sanskaar’ refersto a sum and substance of the values, the customs and the cultural traditionsone has grown up with. There is no equivalent word in English that can describethis word. The story of Lord Rama is important, because it conveys a message ofwhat is perceived to be ideal conduct. Skaskaar is a triptych that depicts themythological story of the narration of the story of Lord Rama in the epic‘Ramayana’. As the legend goes, Kak Bhushundi was a saint cursed to be a crowwho was tasked to sing praises of Lord Rama. Hence, he follows Lord Rama (Godincarnate) and narrates the story of his virtues and victory of defeating theevil 10 headed demon king, Ravana. The three panels show three different partsof this story with the underlying message of what are the values and conductthat one must espouse to. The first panel (from left) is entitled, ‘Paragon’.It portrays Lord Rama as being omnipresent as a defender of good over evil. Thesecond panel depicts the narration of the story of Lord Rama by Kak Bhjushundi.The third panel shows a white crow superimposed on the background of multiplecrows. Crows hover around a corpse and make a ‘caw, caw’ sound. The letter ‘Ka’in Sanskrit language means ‘why’. It is believed that the ‘caw caw’ sound ofcrows is like our ancestors reminding us to question ‘why are we here on thisearth?’. Fulfil the purpose for which you ae born. The colour white is alsosymbolic of purity and spirituality. Hence, the white crow is superimposed on adark background.
Medium: Lino cut on Lenox acid free paper
Image size: 12"x12", Paper size: 15"X15.75", Framed: 20"X20"
This black and white print is a part of the series, "Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds". Each piece is hand-printed by the artist. A portion of the money from the sale of this print is donated to mental health.
Knowing where one wants to go, setting the goal and focusing on it are important in order to succeed. If one can eliminate distractions and stay focused on a single goal, success is not hard to attain. Sometimes it takes a young six-year old to remind us of this. It is based on a true story.
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