Saturday, December 31, 2016

'Fearsome Chamunda statue in Bhopal Museum' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I recently visited the Stater Museum, Bhopal.



 Statue of Chamunda, circa 11th century A.D., discovered in Chaurasigarh, Mandsaur district, Madhya Pradesh. On display in the State Museum, Bhopal, India.


Chamunda, also known as Sachchi Mata, Chamundi, Chamundeshwari and Charchika, is a fearsome aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother and one of the seven Matrikas (mother goddesses). She is also one of the chief Yoginis, a group of sixty-four or eighty-one Tantric goddesses, who are attendants of the warrior goddess Durga.


The name is a combination of Chanda and Munda , two monsters whom Chamunda killed. She is closely associated with Kali, another fierce aspect of Devi. She is sometimes identified with goddesses Parvati, Chandi or Durga as well. The goddess is often portrayed as haunting cremation grounds or fig trees.

(Text based on information in Wikipedia)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

'A 19th century painting on display in Bhopal Museum depicting the darbar of Jiwajirao Scindia, Part-I' - by K.J.S.Chatrath


An impressive old painting from the 19th century showing the Darbar of Jiwaji Rao Scindia, which I saw in the Bhopal Museum, India, last week. I took 20 separate photos focussing on various parts of this painting.

Sadly, I could not find out anything about the talented painter who created this work.










The challenge is to concentrate on each photo and try to decipher what all it tells us of that epoch in history. See the variety of dresses, moustaches, sideburns, beards, headgears, male jewelry etc.The painting shows only males and no ladies.

(Continued)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

'A 19th century painting in Kangra style and its poorly worded explanation in Bhopal Museum, India.' - by K.J.S. Chatrath




A 19th century painting in Kangra style and its very poorly worded explanation in Bhopal Museum, Bhopal, India.

' A stunning statue from 11th century on display in Bhopal Museum, India' by K.J.S.Chatrath

Last week I visited the Bhopal Museum in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, and was greatly impressed. There is a nominal ticket costing Rs.5 and an additional Rs.50 if one wants to take photographs.

Here are four photos of 'Nayika' dating back to circa 11th century A.D. which was discovered in Morena. These photos were taken from different angles in order to appreciate the superb craftmanship.



The well maintained eyebrows, large eyes, sharp nose and designing of the lips and the chin deserve special appreciation. Equally impressive are the hairstyle, the ear ornaments and the necklaces and chains around the lower part of the body. And imagine, this was a thousand years back!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

'Sabdag, Lord of Soil, early 20th century, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India' - K.J.S.Chatrath

 Sabdag, Lord of Soil, early 20th century, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. On display at the National Museum, New Delhi, India. 

Come visit Himachal Pradesh.

Come, visit my India.

'Impressive bronze statue of Bharata raising the padukas (sandals) of Lord Rama' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Moving through the bronze gallery of the National Museum, new Delhi, last month, I stopped in front of an impressive bronze, Bharata.
                                                                           
Bharata, Vijayanagar, 14th century CE, South India, Bronze.

  When Lord Rama refused to return to the kingdom of Ayodhya, Bharata took his padukas (sandals) and placed those on the throne, to rule as regent of the kingdom. In this statue, Bharata is depicted as raising his arms to support the sandals placed on  his head.


Do take a look at this statue when you visit the National Museum, New Delhi. 

(Source of text: National Museum, New Delhi)

Monday, October 10, 2016

'Central museum, Indore, India, Part-I' by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited the Central Museum Indore a few months back.


It is located near the General Post Office in Indore. There are two galleries in the Museum. The artifacts exhibited in the museum range from the prehistoric to the modern era. It was established in 1929. It is also known as Central Museum. Address: Near GPO Square, Navlakha, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452001




Kartikeya. From Hinglajgarh (Mandsaur), circa 10th century A.D. 

Vamana. From Hinglajgarh (Mandsaur), circa 11th century A.D. 
Laxmi Narayan. From Kumbar, Mandsaur, circa 12th century A.D. 

Laxmi Narayan. From Kumbar, Mandsaur, circa 12th century A.D.


Laxmi Narayan. From Kumbar, Mandsaur, circa 12th century A.D. 

Ambika. From Hinglajgarh (Mandsaur), circa 11th century A.D. 


Ambika. From Hinglajgarh (Mandsaur), circa 11th century A.D. 

Garudasin Vishnu. From Hinglajgarh (Mandsaur), circa 11th century A.D. 


Mithuna. From Hinglajgarh (Mandsaur), circa 11th century A.D. 

'Tabla performance by Ms. Rimpa Siva at India International Centre, New Delhi' - K.J.S.Chatrath

 I was fortunate to attend a tabla performance by Ms. Rimpa Siva at India International Centre, New Delhi earlier this month. I reco...