Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The golden deer আমার সোনার হরিণ চাই

''The Golden Deer''
30 cm x 30 cm
(Acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas,
finished with matte and glossy varnish)
Inspired by the words of a song by Tagore.
''তোরা যে যা বলিস ভাই আমার সোনার হরিণ চাই
ও সেই মনোহরণ চপল চরণ সোনার হরিণ চাই''
''সে যে চমকে বেড়ায় দৃষ্টি এড়ায় যায় না তারে বাঁধা
সে যে নাগাল পেলে পালায় ঠেলে লাগায় চোখে ধাঁধা
আমি ছুটব পিছে মিছে মিছে পাই বা নাহি পাই
আমি আপন মনে মাঠে বনে উধাও হয়ে ধাই''
Tagore describes the deer as an elusive,
evasive creature - untamed and unattainable.
Yet, the poet is determined to chase it without a care.
The concept of chasing the golden deer has its origins in the Ramayana,
an episode humorously told in the animation below:

In fact, the deer has played significant roles in
mythologies across the world.
In the Indian context, the golden deer symbolises maya,
an illusion, that which prevents man
from seeing the world as it truely is.
We are all chasing the golden deer, each one of us,
in different forms......aren't we :) ? !!

Moving on from that rather philosophical thought (ahem!),
here are some depictions of this scene from the epic tale
through different Indian folk art forms:
Malwa miniature painting in bright bold colours,
dating back to circa 1634 -40 A.D.

A madhubani depiction in the typical folk style.

A north-Indian miniature style rendition of the scene.

Another very ornate Orissa patachitra (scroll painting) style illustration.

Even Hussain rendered this, in fact, this was one of his works auctioned
a few hours after the news of his passing.

Last, but not the least, a page from one of my favourite books
of vintage Indian match box designs on the deer.
You'll see the starting point of my painting in one of these,
no points for guessing which one :)!
Hope you enjoyed this post, the print of this painting
will be available in my shop in a couple of days.

15 comments:

Mugdha said...

Wow, you ARE eclectic... a deer image on a matchbox.... what next? :)

Question: Is the Kaamdhenu painting going to be available as a print on Etsy?

Rachana Saurabh said...

Its lovely Dithi Di..! Simply amazing.. waiting for the next.. Maa Ambe..

Shweta said...

Very Pretty Dithi. I like the field of depth created by the trees. You are super creative, Waiting to see more.

Hatshepsut said...

i cant help commenting on your brilliant works... every time i see an update from your blog it startles me with its detailing and your creative sense.... SIMPLY AWESOME.. keep it up Dithi Di..

brinda said...

wht a lovely painting!!
i didnt know tht the matchbox companies were so obsessed with deers!!
interesting post!!:)

Shweta said...

Oops I mean depth of field. :D

GB said...

Dithi, I love what you do with the eyes! Beautiful! and that book of matchbook covers was a revelation!

Regards,
Gagan

Anonymous said...

Ki opourbo!

deepazartz said...

Its soooooooooo beautiful! THe match box pictures are awesome too.. to be inspired from it is WOW! You are a genius Dithi. I had done few paintings on deer(s) during my college days. I wish to unearth them now.

Neha said...

Its great how you can create a masterpiece from a picture from match box. Very creative and original.

Strawberry Amma said...

Bhairy Cool, Dithi-di.

Chandan said...

Love the post Dee! you have examined and cross refrenced the motif so beautifully. Gem. ( abs fliped out on Ravan's accent and Shurpanakhha's description of the Lotusy (ahem ) Sita !!) Maybe a post examining Lotuses as a motif is in order .. what say?

Dithi said...

@Mugdha: thank you! yes, the Kamdhenu print is going to be on Etsy as soon as I return from my holiday in September.

@Shweta, Hatshesput: thank you!

@Brinda: ...n then there are elephants n snakes n the blue Gods on matchboxes!

@Gagan: glad you liked, that book is a treasure for sure.

@Deepazartz: you are indeed generous with your comments :), thank you!

@Neha: thank you!

@Chandan: thanks gurl.....oh that animation - just luvit! I don't know about a post examining lotuses just as yet, Sita right there is lotus-y (ahem) enough LOL!

Rupa said...

Beautiful details in the background the signature eyes on the deer! I missed your site, I was away in India for a month....wonderful month that flew by!

nanditark said...

great paintings , I'm in love with the eyes --- !

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