Maa Saraswati Tanjore Painting by Sanjay Tandekar
Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning. She is a part of the tridevi of Saraswati, along with Lakshmi and Parvati. The goddess Saraswati is often depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white, often seated on a white lotus, which symbolises light, knowledge and truth. Her iconography is typically in white themes from dress to flowers to swan – the colour symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity, discrimination for true knowledge, insight and wisdom. The four hands hold items with symbolic meaning – a pustaka (book or script), a mālā (rosary, garland), a water pot and a musical instrument (vīnā). The most famous feature on Saraswati is a musical instrument called a veena, representing all creative arts and sciences, and her holding it symbolises expressing knowledge that creates harmony. A hamsa – either a swan or a goose – is often shown near her feet. It thus symbolises the ability to discriminate between good and evil, essence from the outward show, and the eternal from the evanescent. Sometimes a citramekhala (also called mayura, peacock) is shown beside the goddess. The peacock symbolises colourful splendour, the celebration of dance, and – as the devourer of snakes – the alchemical ability to transmute the serpent poison of self into the radiant plumage of enlightenment.She is usually depicted near a flowing river or another body of water, which depiction may constitute a reference to her early history as a river goddess.
About the Art : Thanjavur painting is a classical South Indian painting style, which was inaugurated from the town of Thanjavur (anglicised as Tanjore). Thanjavur paintings are characterised by rich and vivid colours, simple iconic composition, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate but extensive gesso work and inlay of glass beads and pieces or very rarely precious and semi-precious gems. In Thanjavur paintings one can see the influence of Deccani, Vijayanagar, Maratha and even European or Company styles of painting. Thanjavur paintings are panel paintings done on wooden planks, and hence referred to as palagai padam (palagai = "wooden plank"; padam = "picture") in local parlance. In modern times, these paintings have become souvenirs for festive occasions in South India – colourful pieces of art to decorate walls, and collectors' items for art lovers. Essentially serving as devotional icons, the subjects of most paintings are Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints. Episodes from Hindu Puranas, Sthala-puranas and other religious texts were visualised, sketched or traced and painted with the main figure or figures placed in the central section of the picture (mostly within an architecturally delineated space such as a mantapa or prabhavali) surrounded by several subsidiary figures, themes and subjects. There are also many instances when Jain, Sikh, Muslim, other religious and even secular subjects were depicted in Tanjore paintings.
About the Artist : Sanjay Tandekar has been painting for 15 years. He completed his Bachelors in Fine Arts and Masters in Fine Arts from Nagpur. He always had a keen interest in traditional arts and learned Tanjore painting by closely observing the details of art form and is a self taught Tanjore artist. Now his wife and father both are involved in this beautiful art form along with him. He has won several awards and merits for his excellence in Tanjore and other art.
This painting is made to order and will take 2-3 weeks to be painted once the order has been placed. 22 Carat gold foil has been used to make this painting
- Size: 12 X 15 inch
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- Handpainted in Tanjore style
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• The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting. Price specified is for unframed painting and the painting would be sent without a frame unless specified otherwise in the description.
• All paintings are mostly made to order and take 2-3 weeks
• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
• Certificate of Authentication will be provided
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