We live in a world increasingly driven by instincts of greed and avarice, creating a value system where hierarchies are defined by our material possessions, and not any other deeper humanist values and image to convey the emotional and devotional ideas, intrinsic in the poetry of the four women poets, but also associated concerns as well their insights on human existence. My attempt as a painter was to as such even our requisite activities and discourses are tinged by vacuous-ness. In such a situation an act of devotion seems to me not only an apt social response to existential tragedies but also a quest for freedom perhaps translate what was implicit in the written word with the possibilities of the painted image. The work comprises of seventeen panels freedom. of varying dimensions which when In the last decade or so, my extensive reading of ‘advaitic’ philosophy has opened for me perceptions of unity - the oneness of being and existence that exist of varying dimensions which when constructed together, form an enclosure of painted space in which the viewer is free to either read each work on its own or together as a whole.oneness of being and existence that exist under the surface of constant flux, result in my exploration of ideas of reverence, and areas of faith, devotion and transcendence. Devotion or Bhakti is singled out as the leitmotiv, not only as an underlying,unseen presence, but something that can be felt palpably as an emotional exaltation.These are strands complementary but at
This work – “Sanctum Sanctorum - a corner for four sisters”, explores the work of four poets/saints, who are known for the intensity of their devotional feeling, and loss of illusion. Karaikkal Amma (5th century AD Tamil Nadu) Andal (5th-9th the same time contrasting - love, doubt or trust, world-weariness, despair or compassion. Hence, the panels are conceived and painted in myriad modes and ways - varied ways in which an idea century AD, Tamil Nadu), Andal ( can be improvised articulated and 5th-9th century AD, Tamil Nadu), Akka Mahadevi (12th century AD, Karnataka) and Lal Ded (14th century AD, Kashmir), were divided by centuries and geography, yet their voices echo in each other’s work. The can be improvised articulated and expressed.