This water color art is a remarkable piece rendered using characteristic Kangra art in iconography, body complexion, style of costumes, type of crown and jewellery; focusing on the minute details and the side profile of every character. This miniature depicts Lord Rama’s durbar with the almighty Rama himself sharing space with his beloved Sita, on a lavishly decorated large chowki and supported by a large blue hued booster behind them. Kailash Raj has very brightly and elegantly depicted the interplay of colors and minute details, with the deep orange wall in the background covered from sides by the traditional white pillars and a temple frame. Orange color holds a great significance in Hinduism as it represents fire, that can burn away the impurities.
Lord Rama and Sita are clothed in divinely colored attires of yellow and orange respectively and Rama holds his iconic bow and arrow in his hand. Lord Hanuman, their greatest bhakt, can be seen as paying obeisance to them; attired in a splendid green striped short dhoti and a red kamarband. Lakshman (the one in centre, attired in red), Bharata and Shatrughan (either of the two sides) stand behind the Lords, fanning them, as a gesture of their respect and gratitude. The black bear standing behind Lord Hanuman is Jambavana, who was created by Brahma and next to him in white is Sugreeva; they assisted Rama in his struggle to fight against Ravana.
The painter has laiden a soothing white carpet on the floor, having motifs of light blue and purple flowers and green leaves spread across generating vibes of purity, which compliment beautifully with the golden zari throne of Rama and Sita, covered by a heavy blue platform decorated with ethnic golden patterns. Have a look at the parasol which glorifies their persona, is painted with white moti strings hanging at the circumference and horizontal layers of zari and red and green stones.
Buddhism is a widely revered culture in different parts of the world and Lord Buddha the sole founder of this religion sits enlightened with wisdom in a posture of meditation. The eye-catching aspect of this statue is its large size and the beauteous way it is sculpted. The superfine minute carvings on the base reflect the sculptor’s precision and accuracy of skills. This Tibetan Buddha sits here on a large pedestal carved with dual shaded lotus petals and the striking sun glow emerging out from his body reflects rays of pure consciousness, divinity and wisdom. He holds a begging bowl in left hand identifying him as the head of the order and right touches the earth in Bhumisparsha mudra. This mudra is an indication of Buddha being enlightened under the Bodhi tree and calling the earth by touching it to witness the same.
Exotic India has a unique collection of two shades in this sculpture- antique green with golden highlights and the bright double chola. The royal robe that he wears is carved with an ethnic border loaded with interlinked spirals. Look at the rear image of the sculpture to appreciate the amazing beauty of his robe, all decorated with Ashtamangala symbols and other auspicious symbols in Buddhism. Realistic chisel of his eyes, pointed nose, smiling lips and the third eye of wisdom on his forehead are a sign of his heavenly aura.
If you are looking for a pure and unique styled hand embroidery shawl or stole to fill your wardrobe, then Kashmir is the place to be. The one shown here is a handpicked piece from the best collection of Kashmiri shawls. This pure wool textile is woven here in distinctive multicolored hand embroidery of butterflies and flowers patterned in a Mandala art. Kashmir handwoven shawls follow the culture of depicting its floral beauty and fresh nature scenes.
Beautified with motifs of small colorful butterflies woven in extreme preciseness and perfection, this winter shawl features a circular Mandala flower embroidery at the core. Mandala is a Sanskrit term for ‘magic circle’ that holds a spiritual significance of making order out of disorder or a centering space for the self and soul of art. In this stole, weaver has very creatively applied this concept by having a beautiful multi-layered Mandala filled in with bright colored flowers and vines along with alluring butterflies hovering around.
Zoom in to have a look at the border on the two short sides of the stole; its mesmerizing embroidery, colorful and neat patterns give a real artistic touch to the article; having a blend of small and big multicolored flowers with the tiny spaces filled in with two shades of green leaves, this stole takes us to the charming beauty of Kashmir’s culture and its pleasant environment.
There is nothing better than this bunch of stunning light pink earrings having small circular beads that hang freely, while intermingled on a silver colored chain of small rings. Fashioned with the precious Rose quartz gemstone having a sterling silver border at the edge of each bead to highlight its individualistic shape, size and beauty.
Rose quartz has a translucent appearance with a vitreous lustre, popular for its quality of building relationships and unconditional love, hence also called love stone. It is majorly used as a jewellery gemstone in a gentle pink essence and a crystal of divine loving energy, harmony and contentment.
Topped with a smooth and long piercing hook, apart from having powerful and significant values, these earrings are also a major attraction to the eyes. Its simplicity and modernity together enhance its beauty and soberness. These can be worn with all kinds of dresses, whether its an ethnic suit and saree or a western style statement of gowns or one pieces.
Exotic India provides with an ample collection of flower vases structured in the most exquisite patterns and mesmerized designs. The one shown here is a handpicked piece from its collection; carved with a long neck in two symmetrical thick layers in checks and multi-layered floral designs; separated by a triple border, these layers are highlighted by floral beads pasted in a three-dimensional look.
As you move down to the main field area, you will be allured by the magnified indigenous beauty of the white marble, chiselled in accurate latticework of finite cuts and lines, forming a kind of mesh. Zoom in to applaud the paintings portrayed on the front and back of the vase, depicting joyful moods of a young damsel. In one picture, she is garbed in her bright happy-to-go attires of a yellow skirt of flower motifs and contrasting chunri and blouse; enjoying the fresh breeze and blooming flowers of spring; she couldn’t control her emotions and approaches to pluck one red flower from the tree. Turn back to see another beautiful lady sitting in her warm place in her most comfortable posture leaned on a booster, carrying potlis that hang on a stick on either side.
The thick borders on top and bottom of the pot are painted in colorful floral prints on a gold background, highlighted by stone work. These borders accentuate the look of the vase and their color style is complemented by the gold and stone studded flower motifs on the remaining white marble.
Tripura Sundari is the Hindu goddess glorified as one of the ten Mahavidyas and Shakti (consort) of Sadasiva; she is the supreme consciousness who rules over the Trinity (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma) and is associated with Shakta tantric tradition. She is also known by the name Rajarajeshwari (‘Raja’ means the eight lords governing directions of the universe and ‘Rajeshwar’ is the Trimurti), depicted here in a splendid form of Cosmic Mother, as is also mentioned in Sri Lalita Sahasranama. The goddess is sculpted here in a refined bronze by expert artisans of Bangalore from where bronze art had set a new benchmark in the history of art and metallurgy.
The precise and superfine carvings highlight the beautiful and distinctive Hoysala art form featuring inventive decorations and stylized ornamentations. She sits in lalitasana on a lotus pedestal, placed on a distinctively carved multilayered throne topped with lions perched on either side on the platform and a Kirtimukha prabhavali chiseled in intensive beguiling floral patterns. Chaturbhuja goddess holds her iconic weapons in all the hands and the sweet sugarcane stick held in the front hand represents a person’s mind and the five shoots at the top are symbolic of the five senses through which mind is influenced and functions accordingly.
Rajarajeshwari is garbed in an ankle length dhoti and an ethnic kamarband ornamenting her waist in the most beauteous ways. Zoom in to the image to have a keen look at the sharp facial features and precious treasures embellished all over on her body; the haloed long crown that glorifies on her head is etched in marvelous layers of designs along with a crescent moon decorated on the right and the third eye on forehead symbolizing her consort’s iconic presence.
A trendy outfit can make you shine in any gathering like a star. This super flowy gown is woven in a half and half pattern. The part above the waist is veiled over with a self-stitched net cloth on a superfine art silk and sleeves in pure net extending upto the wrist is loaded with beautifully patterned floral thread embroidery of the same color, sequins and elegant bead work, added on with white thick thread long fringes towards the end in a slant design. Zoom in to adore the lavish beauty of thread embroidery all over the shoulders and chest in an artful design of small and medium size flowers connected by lush long vines and leaves. Its V-cut neck and the decorated neck line with white round buttons complements with the shiny texture.
As you move below the waist line, the most astounding part is the free-flowing long gown, stitched in beautiful pleats that start from the top and gradually open up at the bottom to form a large juggled-up circular hem that touches the ground forming irregular wavy curves. The softness and smoothness of the material is clearly visible and it also gives a slender and graceful body shape. The soft pink color and a glossy texture of the textile when clubbed with diamond look danglers and comfortable heels, enhances the smartness and personality of the wearer. It is a perfect wear for engagement parties, western gatherings and other family functions. This style and color can be adorned in all seasons and at all times of the day.
The surrounding ones are smaller, and cut into shape and hemmed in by silver just like the dominant turquoise. The tiniest gems have been arranged to form flower-like circles, which alternate with solid turquoises. The latter are further inlaid with corals of a baked red shade. It makes for a palette that is cool yet wild; and given the lore surrounding the gemstones in question, this piece exudes wisdom. Best teamed with matching Indian sarees and suits to turn heads wherever you go with this slipped onto your finger.
This excellent mural is an illustration of the classical Indian art style where Lord Vishnu is portrayed in Shayanamurti (reclining form of Vishnu) and is surrounded by other gods who are worshipping him. This artistic interpretation of the Sheshashayi form of Vishnu is a later development in the Vaishnava shrines and was popular in regions of South India as compared to North and East India. Vishnu is considered to be the supreme deity in the Hindu trinity, pertaining the role to protect humans and to restore order to the world. Anup Gomay has amazingly given space to the dark blue sky and the constant waves formed in the water below.
Oil painting is one of the most flexible and in-depth style of art that highlights each and every detail in utmost elegance and richness. Artist here has used superfine quality of oils and paints while portraying this scene from Hindu mythology, when the universe dissolved into the primordial waters at the end of age and Lord Vishnu is stretched out in Yoganidra on sesa (his serpent), formed like a couch and the five hoods forming an umbrella over him. The iconic blue hued Vishnu is garbed in a lavish yellow dhoti decorated with charming zari and green and red stones along with precious jewels ornated all over him complementing his South Indian styled densely chiselled crown; he holds a lotus in the left hand and right lies straight supporting the stance of his posture.
As shown here, Brahma dwells in the lotus arousing from Vishnu’s navel and goddess Lakshmi (Vishnu’s consort) resides in elegance on the pedestal in the front. The two asuras Madhu and Kaitabha who arose from the dirt in Vishnu’s ear are painted in green in the front on either side; various Vishnu’s avatar’s can be seen scattered around with the panel of various other gods and rishis standing in obeisance behind him. Each and every pattern is painted with subtle intricacy and highlighted beauty reminding us of the popular art style in medieval era.
Ganesha is an unborn and formless deity sculpted here in a magnificent form. He is the lord of the universe who rules its various atoms and energies to avoid chaos; he is the consciousness that is omnipresent and marks as the beginner of any auspicious or inauspicious task or activity. He is enthroned here on a pedestal chiseled in beauteous lotus leaves all around its circumference and it is placed on a low level flat chowki. Mooshakraj (Ganesha’s vahana) sits towards the left in obeisance to his lord.
Ganesha is garbed in an elegant dhoti embellished with lustrous jewels at the hem and the lavish kamarband is slightly visible beneath his portly belly. The sculptor has ornated the deity with amazing treasures like necklaces, bracelets, armlets, earrings, decorated shoulders and trunk along with a serpent wrapped around his belly. The distinctive carve here is the long Kirtimukha lotus designed neckband that goes long till his feet and veils his entire body and the long sleek crown, heavily carved in South Indian temple style in multiple layers.
Chaturbhuja blesses the devotees of abhaya and posterior hands hold a stylishly hewed conch and axe respectively. The smoothly carved elephant head and flappy ears symbolize enormous knowledge and wisdom and a discipline to listen more. The subtle eyes and the glow of this statue enhances the divinely persona.
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