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Mahabharata – A Strange Charioteer£ 180.00 – £ 710.00 BUY
This painting is set within a fabulous landscape, the beautiful town of Dwarka – the kingdom of Lord Krishna. The painting captures the moment lovers flee the town. The excitement of two souls running away in full complicity with one another. But the story is deeper than a runaway chariot driven by a strange charioteer.
A woman named Subhadra, Krishna’s sister, and beside her, Krishna’s best friend Arjuna. Subhadra is promised to another and therefore she planned for Arjuna to kidnap her. They break through the doorway of the city, the guards are pushed aside, as their duty fails short of their destiny.
The artist captured the energy of the moment by depicting the dynamic movement of galloping horses through the city, which is the main focus of this scene.
Mahabharata – Shoot him Now – Arjuna£ 150.00 – £ 695.00 BUY
Arjuna, son of Indra – the King of the Gods, was the celebrated hero of the Mahabharata. He was a demi-God and possessed admirable virtues such as courage, wisdom, a strong belief in duty and right action.
Here, he is portrayed in the act of shooting a deadly arrow with his divine Gandiva bow, a weapon that terrified the enemy by just looking at. The contrasts between the black and white tones – two extreme points on the light spectrum, enhance the splendour of gold ornaments and emphasise the powerful figure of the great hero.
Mahabharata – The Choice£ 160.00 – £ 790.00 BUY
It is the eve of the great battle of Kurukshetra, when the whole Mahabharata epic is about to be resolved. Sitting on His bed, Krishna announces that He is not going to side with either opponent. He leaves them the choice as to whether to incorporate his powerful personal army into their ranks, or to have Him alone, unarmed and in a secondary role.
Duryodhana, chief of the Kurus, has no hesitation in picking Krishna’s army, where as the Panadavas only desire was to have their dear friend Govinda, Krishna on their side. They are fully convinced that His mere presence on their side will ensure them final victory.
So it is, that Krishna accepts the humble role of driver of Arjuna’s chariot, and thus comes to be known as Parthasarathi.