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.