A week-long exhibition of paintings on the life of Lord Krishna was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Corporate and Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid at Lalit Kala Akademi here on Thursday.
Titled “Krishna: The Loving Spirit of Nature”, the solo exhibition of Gurgaon-based artist P. K. Roy displays 27 works in watercolours. It highlights different avatars of Lord Krishna and the matchless devotion of his devotees.
“The paintings made during the past two years depict Lord Krishna as a lover of nature and his disciples. The works are centred round Vrindavan highlighting the bhaktiof the devotees for the Almighty,” says Roy, who is basically a landscape artist.
The artist says that in Indian culture Lord Krishna plays a significant role for countless people who worship him as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. “For painters like me he is a face who can be highlighted in numerous postures. Authors who write about him come out with works that have great meaning and unending depth. For worshippers, Lord Krishna is the supreme deity. For lovers, he is the perfect role model to emulate.”
Initially the people of Brij felt Lord Krishna had a loving nature and hence they developed fondness for him. “Later they realised that he had extraordinary prowess and incredible strength. His love extended from cowherd boys and girls and human beings in general to birds, cows, cattle and trees, meadows and mountains of Vrindavan,” says the artist.
The paintings also depict the followers of Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who popularised the Bhakti Andolan based on Lord Krishna's philosophy.
Roy works as an art teacher at JNV Gurgaon and did his Bachelor of Arts and diploma in applied art from Government College of Art and Craft, Agartala, in 1986.