The Dance of Victory: Krishna Dancing on Kaaliya

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Lilas of Sri Krishna, the dark-skinned youth of Vrindavan has been inspiring the makers of the Pattachitra painting from Orissa. From a dotting little child to the beloved of the milk maidens in his adolescence, Krishna and his vibrant life story come alive on the surface of Pattachitra paintings. Here is a Sri Krishna Pattachitra recreating the divine scene of his popular Lila- “Kaaliya-Mardan” (the slaying of serpent Kaaliya), where the sweet young Krishna, trampled on the hood and the pride of Kaaliya and salvaged the river goddess the Yamuna from the poisonous presence of the Naga (serpent). 

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Water Color Painting on Tussar SilkFolk Art From The Temple Town Puri (Orissa)Artist: Rabi Behera
24 inch X 34 inch
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Artist Rabi Behra has employed a Tussar Silk canvas for the Krishna-Kaaliya Pattachitra and has framed it within a network of ethnic patterns. An arch on the top provides this Krishna Pattachitra with a divine effect, where painted against a black background persona of Krishna blooms in full glory. On the seven-hooded Kaaliya Naga, a blue-skinned Krishna stands in a posture similar to the Abhanga posture of classical Indian dance. Krishna wears exquisite ornaments, heavenly attire and has a beautiful face with features that appear pleasingly mature. Using fine lines, the artist has enlivened the bodily contours of the lord in this Sri Krishna Pattachitra.


Vibrant blue waves in the lower section of the painting represent the now cleansed waters of river Yamuna, from the depths of which have emerged eight Naga-Kanyas (female serpents), owners of celestial beauty, with pots of Yamuna’s pure water and joined hands, pleading Sri Krishna to spare their husband, the Kaaliya Naga. All the maidens are dressed in alluring garments and have their hair done in remarkable ethnic styles. The symbol of auspiciousness- lotus blossoms in the river Yamuna provide a lovely contrast of pink to its blue-hued waters.


Stated in the center of the Pattachitra, the dancing Sri Krishna looks like the glorious full moon in the center of the night sky. Dancing on the hoods of Kaaliya, Krishna relived not only goddess Yamuna and the residents of Vrindavana but Kaaliya himself, who gets purified by the touch of the lotus-feet of the Krishna.

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