Honeyed Spaces aka Gana Series

Gana is a well-used term in Indian Mythology. Gana refers to those prolific stunted and animated mythical beings you would have spotted beside a deity like Shiva or Ganesha, alternately also as a series in low or high relief along the plinth of temple structures appearing as if supporting the building or lost in play with their partners. They belong to several kinds, those that combat evil forces, those that engage in amorous dalliances with their partners, those that are half-male and half-female and guard the apartments of deities, those that are dancers or musicians. In the folk context these attendants of Gods are more easily approachable, more readily appeased and quicker in conferring benefits than their masters and therefore their worship is more widespread and persistent.

These dwarfed beings, according to me, seem to be more associated with the immediate life around them and therefore exude a kind of earth hugging quality. I have adapted from these forms to evolve a form language that is converted to suit my preoccupation with the immediate and at the same time the sublime in our surroundings. By committing myself to the use of stunted proportions and ample forms I imitate an association with a comfortable and unrestricted space. Further by the use of a concave space in the form of welcoming arms or a lap I aim to create a sense of invitation to participate in the form.

As for the subject matter I delve further in my preoccupation with the eternal, here represented through the birth cycle regimen suggesting the endless cycle of birth and death. According to traditional culture the expectant woman, the cuddling and caressing mother, the praying mother or even the cradling mother are representative of treating God as a child also which I represent as a popular Hindu iconic figure.
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