Thursday, 31 December 2009

Annapurna Maa

Annapurna GoddessTitle: Annapurna Goddess feeding Shiva
Size: 25 cm x 40 cm
Medium: Acrylic paints
Mount: Pre-stretched gallery wrapped canvas
(Commissioned piece)

Anna means 'food' in Sanskrit, and purna means 'filled completely'.
Annapurna is a Hindu goddess of food and nourishment.
Maa Annapurna is traditionally depicted as below,
giving out rice to Lord Shiva who is shown with a alms bowl.
Read the mythological backdrop to this rendition here.
Here is the calender-art style depiction of baby Shiva
Archana, who had commissioned the ''Lalita Sundari'' painting,
wanted me to render this one for her sister, who is named after the Goddess.
She wanted this composition to be along the lines of the 'Lalita Sundari',
therefore, Lord Shiva as a baby on the Goddess's lap, she feeding her.
Click to see the sketch that we had before I started the painting.

Thank you!
***These are some beautiful snaps of Archana with my paintings,
this was when she had moved to her new apartment***

Here are some close-ups for details:

The rice-grain hangings from the wall behind have a little story.
I remember this one time, I was probably in school then
and we were in our ancestral home near Kolkata.
Our gardener Insaan had come back to join work after a holiday in his village.
He brought with him this beautiful one-of-a-kind wall hanging for us
that his mother had hand-crafted from inspiration for the design.
It still hangs in my mom's kitchen in that house, and Insaan,
still lives in that house and tends to our rose-garden there.
This will be my last painting of 2009.
As an artist and entrepreneur, it has been a very interesting year for me, full of surprises.
...Quite a bit of learning, evolving as an artist, understanding the medium better.....
what is precious is the interaction I have had with you all.
For all the lovely emails that I received,
all the paintings and prints that you have collected,
all the support and love....and approval ....thank you !
I hope that the next year will be even more interesting for us and for Deezden,
here is wishing you all, my friends, a great 2010!!


Miriam said...

Buon Anno 2010, complimenti ancora per la tua Arte perchè rispecchia il tuo animo sensibile, i tuoi dipinti sono uno splendore!
Un abbraccio fortissimo!!!

nolaa gallery said...

dee, this is so special. You can tell how much she loves and is touched by your work.
Happy NEW Year!

Sreetama said...

Happy new year! what a beautiful ending to 09!

Anonymous said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Sreetama said...

oooo i forgot to tell u this...the oddest thing...i was flying to Kolkata for an end of year vacation. At the Delhi airport, while browsing through some books I found a book by an Indian author, (can't remember the title..something like, "those bongs" or some such) with a painting by you on it's cover! Of course I became super excited and unnecessarily shrill. I hope it's not a copyright thing, in which case it's great.

Parv Kaushik said...

this is the first time m seeing shiv ji in his small avatar and in such a beautiful avatar too!! lovely!!

Megha Chhatbar said...

I am amazed to see your wok. Quite distinctive! Loved it....

Color Pencil Drawing: Radhe Krishna

Rupa said...

Another beautifully rendered painting! The painting of mother does great justice to that role! So loving, caring...Happy new year to you my friend!

Dithi said...

Thanks all! A very Happy New Year to all of you.

Sreetama: I am anxious and wondering, it is indeed a copywrite violation, if it is my work....wish to know the name of this book.

nr said...

Hi Dee- I 'discovered' your site from a random search online. I love your work; it's beautiful. Have a great 2010.

vineeta said...

Your talent and art is always an inspiration for me. Here's wishing you a 2010 full of all the things you want, phenomenal growth in creativity and financial abundance! :) And those pictures of Archana with your work is something else.

deepazartz said...

Amazingingly breath-taking!!!
I am lack of words of appreciation...So much beauty in your work...such gorgeous colours!
First time here, Deez.
I am so glad I stumbled upon you:)

Will keep visiting:)

Deepa from

deepazartz said...

I am going to catch up with you every now n then...following you:)
Best Wishes:)

Jai Jonal said...

Hi Diti
I must say awesome work. I recently visited your bolg , I am love with your art. I am visiting your bolg atleat once a day. I alreay purchased two of your art works.I am looking forward to buy Annapurna Maa. Keep up the good work

mixdbrew said...

I have never, ever seen such rich, evocative work in my life. The colours, the textures, the fullness of your never ceases to amaze me. It's all so unique, like its maker :)

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