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Traversing Sensuality

Posted in Studies & Sketches through the lens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by designldg

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“The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body.
Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy.”
(From “The Diary Of Anais Nin, Volume Two (1934-1939)” by Anaïs Nin)

This apsara (celestial nymph) was sculpted during the 8th century AD by the Ganga Pratihara School and is coming from Etah in Uttar Pradesh before resting in the Bharat Kala Bhavan, the Art and Archaeological Museum of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi (Benaras).

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Under the Moon’s Effulgence

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by designldg

“Although the effulgence of the moon is brilliant initially at night, in the daytime it fades away.
Similarly, although the lotus is beautiful during the daytime, at night it closes.
But, O My friend, the face of My most dear Srimati Radharani is always bright and beautiful, both day and night.
Therefore, to what can Her face be compared?”
(Vidagdha-madhava 5.20)

This statue of a Toilet Bearer was sculpted during the Kushana period in the second century A.D. and was coming from Diyara (Faizabad) before resting for ever in the Bharat Kala Bhavan, the Art and Archaeological Museum of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi (Benaras).
Several things in this sculpture remind Goddess Radha, the companion of Lord Krishna.