In a World of Gods and Goddesses marks the first time a large collection of Indra Sharma's work has appeared outside of the Indian subcontinent. By magically combining contemporary and traditional artistic styles, Sharma creates icons of Hindu gods and goddesses that are altars of worship for millions. Steeped in India's ancient Vedic cosmology, these prayerful, captivating paintings contain a complete who's who of the Hindu pantheon. Ganesh, Shiva, Laxmi and Krishna come alive as divine forms in this unique and richly colored work.
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Indra Sharma was born in 1923 in the small town of Nathdwara, in Rajasthan, India. He learned the art of painting from his family and did his first creation at the tender age of ten. He graduated with an MFA from the Sir J. J. School of Arts in Mumbai. His work combines contemporary and traditional elements. Remaining humble and devoted to his Hindu faith and profession, he creates icons of Hindu gods and goddesses that are altars of worship for millions.From Library Journal:
Showcased to dazzling effect here is the Hindu religious art of India National Award winner Sharma. Often featured in publications on Hindu spirituality (the late A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, was a close friend and patron), Sharma's paintings are colorful, vivid, and lush, with great attention to the details of clothing, jewelry, and the world of nature. In some ways, his paintings resemble traditional Christian hagiographic art, with androgynous figures (divine or human), carefully draped garments, and symbolic items in profusion. They are highly realistic not to say photographic yet they depict the unseen personages of mythology from Ganesh to Shiva. The book, in fact, is intended as a visual introduction to Hindu gods and goddesses, with Bae's thorough text clarifying the religious meaning of all the artistic detail. A practitioner of Yoga, Bae has spent the last three years living in India as a monk. A beautifully produced and relatively inexpensive large-format book, this is warmly recommended for public and academic libraries. James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA
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