Of a collection of statues at Krishna Darshan
Folk charm, exuberant colours and artistry meet to create a special experience at Krishna Darshan. Poompuhar presents the best of Krishna icons from across India in an exhibition where there are a range of Krishna images including a resplendent six-inch bronze Hoysala Krishna crafted by master artisans from Swamimalai, a three-and-a half-feet Radha Krishna carved out of a single rosewood piece, a sublime two inch tall marble Radha Krishna coated in gold paint, or tiny papier-mâché baby Krishnas painted in different shades of blue. The craftsmanship is mesmerising and many of these pieces could be collector’s items.
Rajasthan’s artisans present Krishna icons carved out of marble while a stunning four feet Krishna made at Mahabalipuram is a piece of classic proportions. Definitely not to be missed is a 6 x 4 feet frame of the blue god holding up the Govardhan. Done up in antique style with mellow colours and detailing, this painting is a piece fit for the museum. Tall rosewood and white wood Krishna icons also catch the eye with a combination of craft detailing and movement.
Small-sized, soft stone and Kadapa stone icons and a range of finely crafted Aligarh brass Krishnas are on offer at Krishna Darshan. Madhubani and Tanjore, Odisha’s patachitra art and palm leaf engravings tell the story of Krishna in their unique craft forms, and in colours both mellow and bright.
Also in brilliant colour and creativity are Kondapalli Krishnas playing the flute or Jagadeeshan’s papier-mâché Krishnas. So it’s time to pick your favourite idol of the blue god and take him home in time for his birthday festivities.
The exhibition is on at CP Arts Centre till August 31.