Devi is in the detail, an exhibition by Smruthi Gargi Eswar features untold stories from Indian
Fortune against misfortune
One of the works that intrigued us was from the Sister Misfortune, Lakshmi and Alakshmi series. “Alakshmi is the dark side of the ever welcome Lakshmi, goddess of fortune, who really needs no introduction. Alakshmi is the goddess of misfortune who is little mentioned in our mythology as it is human nature to turn away from the unpleasant. But how dark is it? Is it as disturbing as we’ve been led to believe or is it just a continuation of the story? And so begins an exploration at a time disturbing and ultimately triumphant life-affirming.An exploration not only of duality but of multiplicity.It is the complex universe of women appearing in various alluring avatars and goddesses of Hinduism. mythologysays Smruthi. The Goddess Parvati painting was another work that spoke a thousand words. Parvati covering her face with a lotus is the story behind the Lingam and the Yoni – a lip disc shaped form – the Yoni (the emblem of the Devi) with the phallic Lingam on the web (the presence of the god Shiva) . Moreover, it shows how their union symbolizes fertility and it was a curse of the Rishis who associated god Shiva and goddess Parvati with reproduction. The story of the virgin mother, Rajeshwari, is told many times in mythology where it is mentioned how several devas and asuras died or suffered when they tried to capture her. The story of Goddess Rajeshwari has been effectively captured in the painting as the Goddess of Creation. The exhibit is filled with rare stories of Goddess mentioned in our mythology like Tara, Ganga, Aparna, Sita, Durga, Prakriti, Gauri, Gramadevi, Saraswati, Kamakshi, Ardhanarashwari and Radha.
“Even at this time and date, it is important to emphasize how culturally rich we were, where women had power and it was not imperative to adhere to certain stereotypes like now. This is my way of telling everyone that we come from the land of the great goddesses and that we should break the stereotypes”,
Ongoing through April 12 at Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills, (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
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