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New on Display : 8 new out-line drawings of Durga on display, Pahari School; End of 18th century A.D.
September 21, 2017

This festive season L.D. Museum and N.C. Mehta Gallery, invites you to view 8 new out-line drawings of Durga on display, Pahari School; End of 18th century A.D.

Devi or the female goddess in Indian texts, widely referred to as Shakti, is a very unique phenomenon in Indian culture and Hindu religion. Majority of religions subscribe to the view that the god is masculine, whereas according to Hinduism the God is the creator of the universe and also the 'life factor among the living beings'. This creator God can be entirely male, or entirely female (creatrix) and of course also male and female in unison. Worship of the female element and its personification as Mother Goddess are the earliest spiritual leanings during the dawn of human civilization. So also is the phenomenon in the Indian subcontinent as well during the emerging phase of Hindu religion. From goddess of fertility, agriculture, protector from diseases, the seers and philosophers conceptualised eventually a larger...
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Image of the International Yoga Day: Seated Neminath, Dark Greenish Marble, Gujarat, 10th century A.D.
June 21, 2017

Seated Tirthankara (dark stone) is in meditative posture (yog?sana or padm?sana). The stunningly handsome seated Tirthankara is rendered in simplified naturalism as in Akota bronzes. An amazingly similar seated Tirthankara is in an American Collection, also in dark coloured stone/marble, has been dated to 10th century A.D., due to its stylistic affinity with Akota bronzes. It is relevant here to mention that in Kalpasutra texts Mahavira's physical beauty is described in superlative terms. The l?nchhana (symbol) at the base appears to be the diamond, which is associated with Shantin?th. However, Neminatha is associated with bluish black colour. The seated meditative posture (as distinct from the standing K?yotsarga posture) symbolizes nirvana, implying the liberated siddha.

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Overview: VII The L.D. Museum Lecture Series on Art, Culture & Heritage by Dr. Harsha V. Dehejia
March 18, 2017

On March 18th, 2017, VII The L.D. Museum Lecture Series on Art, Culture & Heritage was observed with a talk delivered by Dr. Harsha V. Dehejia (Eminent Art Philosopher & Adjunct Professor, College of the Humanities of Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario - Canada). He delivered a lecture on "Krishna Shringara". He emphasized that to fully understand Krishna Shringara one must, in Jayadeva's words, not only have a romantic sensitivity but equally have steadfast devotion to Krishna. His thoroughly illustrated talk explored the historic evolution of Krishna Shringara. He discoursed evidently the Bhagavata Purana, which manifests shringara rasa of Krishna with the twin concepts of madhurya and viraha in celebrating Krishna Shringara. His philosophical approach in understanding the metaphor especially from the dasham skanda of Bhagavat Purana was thought provoking. He reflected that 'it is Krishna, who though his amorous involvement with the gopis in Vrindavana, reminds us that the true...
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