An image of the god in Hindu belief is how
Darshana- the act of seeing the divine, is made possible. However, in this oil
on canvas Lord Krishna painting, Manju Khetawat with the use of enchanting
Swarovski crystals, has visualized the blue-skinned Lord in such magnificence,
that the act of seeing becomes two-way. His eyes are dark and alluring, Lord
Krishna in this oil painting becomes the seen as well as the seer.
The oil painting of Lord Krishna is framed within a fine, rectangular wooden frame that has glistening vegetal patterns as its decoration. With an abstract green-yellow tinged background with several branches that carry fragrant wild yellow flowers, the artist has found the perfect backdrop to highlight the otherworldly beauty of Sri Krishna. Man-Mohana (the enchanter of the heart) Lord Krishna appears to be embraced by the floral branches which are gently approaching Krishna, eager to feel the presence of Banwari (one who resides in the forest). Embodying the suppleness of the vines, Krishna elegantly tilts to his left, with his enamoring eyes inviting the devotee to interact with the divinity that pervades his being and this entire oil painting.
Lord Krishna is dressed in dark blue colored clothes- a pagdi (headgear) tied traditionally and a scarf with a golden border draped on his shoulder. The Pagdi is sumptuously embellished with ornaments studded with Swarovski crystals in white, red, green, and blue tones. A band-like ornament in the shape of a stylized peacock is placed diagonally on Lord Krishna’s pagdi with three peacock feathers tucked into it and an emblem inspired by the unfurled feathers of the bird gracing the front of the blue pagdi. From under his turban, Krishna’s luscious curls fall on his shoulders which are painted with perfected brush strokes. A sharp tilaka (auspicious mark) drawn with Kastoori (musk) paste decorates Krishna’s wide forehead. Matching the beauty of the unique ornaments, he has a pair of Kundala (jeweled earrings), a short jeweled necklace, and a necklace with a five-petaled flower motif, another with flower-shaped beads, ornate armbands, bracelets, and sets of gemmed rings on his fingers. The classical combination of gold and shining Swarovski crystals in his ornamentation has brought to this Lord Krishna painting a distinctive richness that can be appreciated by both the art connoisseur and the devotee.
Fashioned out of the wildflowers that surround him, a floral garland around Krishna’s neck mimics the brilliance of a lightning strike enclosed by dark nimbus clouds. He has his flute in his hands, but his attention is somewhere else. With the look of someone who is peeking outside a jharokha (window) to catch a glimpse of their beloved, Lord Krishna seems to be peeping out of the wooden frame of this oil painting, hoping to see his dear Radha, who promised to meet him in the grooves of Vrindavan.
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