The Lord on canvas
Pradosh Swain's artworks portray various facets of Lord Jagannath.
With the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath falling on July 8, the `Jagannathayanna', a monthly programme aiming to spread the cult of Lord Jagannath took on a special flavour. There was a discourse and a play, Baisi Pahcaha. But the art exhibition stood out as a visual treat. The artist of the month was Pradosh Swain. Pradosh, who has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Utkal University is an artist at the Orissa State Museum. This State awardee has participated in various camps at AIFACS (New Delhi), EZCC (Kolkata) and the All-Orissa Artist Camp of Lalit Kala Akademi.
For this exhibition, he had 30 paintings on display for two days. Freely mixing the Jagannath cult with Krishna Leela and other legends, Pradosh came up with a number of striking works. There were realistic portrayals of characters like Radha, the Lord's beloved, Manika, the woman who gave curd to the Lord and Sudama, the childhood friend of Lord Krishna. Working on acrylic, the artist has explored most facets associated with the Lord and so one also finds in them the four symbols - sankha, chakra, gada, padma. There are also paintings like Swargadwara, that refer to Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath.
Send this article to Friends by
Chennai and Tamil Nadu