Original conceptual painting in acrylics on hardpressed Strathmore paper 18″×24″
My friend in Sao Paulo, Brazil asked me if I could create a painting to show a fusion of traditional Brazilian and Indian cultures. I did put on my thinking cap and created this painting. Since this deals with the Man-Woman relationship, I thought this would make an interesting painting.This is a smaller painting 45×60cms done in acrylics on hard pressed Bristol paper.
“Ardha Narishwar” (Half Woman Half Man) is the androgynous manifestation of Lord Shiva that unites the antagonistic forces of male and female power and matter and energy to display the two-fold nature of the universe.
Shiva fused his inner-self with Parvati (His Consort) so that she could be his constant companion. The worship of the Shiva – Shakti in this form brings family harmony and the soul mates unite as the celestial beings unite in fruitful union. In this painting I have shown Shiva in one of his characteristic dance form and Sakti in an all too familiar Samba dance form in her head gear of plumes, and of course a bit scantily clad, but not in an obscene way!.
I think together they combine to make a beautiful dance pose.
I have shown Parvati as his Samba counterpart as these dance forms have remarkable similarities as you can see. Hence the title Samba-Shiva.
The emerging vibration from their individual bodies is the cosmic power-COSMIC SOUND. .It is not a material force like electricity, magnetism, centripetal or centrifugal force. It is a spiritual potential Sakti or Cosmic Power. In reality it has no form.
There are many symbolic representations in this painting. Such as the national colours of both the countries, the globe as a foot ball etc. Enjoy!