Recreating the charming
effects of leisurely moments inside a household, this oil painting on canvas by
artist Anup Gomay, using the vocabulary of modern Indian art, is a rare window
for the viewer to gaze into the interiors of an Indian home, brightening up the
mood with its vibrant color pallet and the beauty of the three maidens,
engrossed in a game of Chaupar (a variety of Indian board game).
setting for this oil painting is within the four walls of a traditional Indian
household, with salmon pink and brown walls, decorated with ethnic patterns and
a portrait of a grown man, probably the patriarch of the house. Under his
authoritative gaze sit three women, young and as delicate as the flowers placed
in a golden vase in the corner of the room.
Gomay has draped the subjects of this oil painting with effervescent clothes-
silken lehenga (skirt), choli (blouse) and dupatta (scarf), all of it
embellished with gold Zari embroidery that shines distinctively. The faces of
the young ladies in the oil painting are lovely, their eyes beautified with
kohl and an elegant pink tint on the lips. Restful, they are seated on a deep
red hued carpet, with cups and surahi (vessel) of glistening gold placed near
them, full of sweet and cooling sherbet.
the comfort of their home, the three damsels are engrossed in the board game
positioned between them. With their henna tainted palms, they roll the cowries
used as dices in the game. There is a custom to place a bet on a game of
Chaupar in India. We know nothing about what is betted in the game played by
these three damsels, all we know is that this oil painting of women playing Chaupar
will aesthetically enrich your space. We can bet on that!
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