Rasa Lila (Delighted by love I)
Unique work on paper
etching, embossing, monoprint and screenprint on paper with 22 carat gold leaf.
67 x 67cm Framed size
Float mounted onto a French Blue board, in a hand stained and waxed dark brown mahogany frame.
Sharad Purnima is the full moon of the autumn season. On this day, Krishna devotees around the world celebrate the Rasa Lila
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Natasha Kumar’s work evokes a moment of the Rasa Lila, the transcendental dance of divine love when Krishna danced under an autumn full moon with his consort Radha, and his devoted gopis.
Through a subtle combination of etching and screenprint that references architectural motifs of the chhatri, and pictorial traditions of the dance Kumar allows the viewer to share the gopi’s ethereal experience of the Rasa Lila. Each gopi feels that she dances with Krishna alone, the focus of his attention. But taken as a whole, the work catches a glimpse of how Krishna reproduced himself a thousand times over to dance with every gopi simultaneously. Natasha Kumar’s Rasa Lila is a striking contemporary reinterpretation of a classical Hindu story.