Hailing from Assam, India and currently New Delhi-based, I had my interests in Art since my early budding years. This unwavering passion for art compelled me to take up Fashion Designing as my career as I completed my graduation from INIFD New Delhi, India. But somewhere in between, being buried in hectic office apparel designing works, I lost myself as the burning desire for art and paintings in me wasn’t extinguished but rather started burning profusely. So I delved into the world of art again, started making wall-arts and sketches and then I managed to grab some eyeballs when I submitted my entry to the International Red Bull Doodle Art Championship. Mostly dealing with mythological characters/stories and abstract artworks with intricate detailing
The Story behind my Art
Shiva Tandava Strotram
It was the day when Ravana defeated Kubera and he was riding the sky in his Pushpak Veemaan, (the flying chariot) which he won from Kubera along with the Kingdom of Lanka. All of a sudden his Chariot stopped at Mount Kailash.
He was disturbed by the thought that his Chariot couldn't cross over Kailash (Mount Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva). Ravana then ordered the Mountain to get out of his way, but the Mountain asked him to change his path as Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were resting over him and he was bound to stay at his position.
The refusal of Mountain annoyed Ravana, he repeated his warning a second time. When he received no answer, arrogant Ravana got off his Chariot and tried to remove it with his own hands. He even succeeded in lifting the mountain for a while but Lord Shiva in order to teach him a lesson pressed the mountain with his Toe.
Ravana's fingers were crushed under the Mountain. He then realised his mistake and was overcome with sorrow. To impress Shiva and get his forgiveness he sang the Shiva Tandava Strotram
The Wrath of Kali
Kali is the first and foremost among Mahavidya's. According to yogini tantra, Devi Parvati assumed this form to slay a demon called Ghorasura. Seeing this form, Lord Shiva requested kali to enlighten him by placing a foot on his chest. Devi then uttered a loud laughter (during which her tongue stuck out) and placed her foot on Shiva's chest.
However, according to the popular mass view, the wrath of Kali, even after killing the asura was so great, that she went on a reckless killing spree and wreaking widespread havoc. In order to counter this destruction, Shiva (her husband) came in to lie down on her path. As soon as, she realized that she placed a foot on her husband, her tongue came out in reflex, thereby calming her anger.
The image of Kali represents that if we can keep our tongue in check, the other organs like limbs, eyes, ears, nose can also be easily controlled.
The Herbal Connection
Depicts the moment when you are on your one of your adventures as a psychonaut and you suddenly encounter your own self in a parallel universe. This connection assisted by a form of distilled herbs can be a catharsis for some of the most fundamental questions of your life.
The Table of Antithesis
Pallab Baruah in his artwork depicts the dichotomy which exists in nature (the law of duality) in the form of Slavic mythological Gods Belbog and Chernobog. Belbog was the God of light; Chernobog being the God of Darkness. The pregnant lady and the skull with budding leaves symbolise rebirth and the hand holding the lotus - a symbol of peace.
The Aghoris and their mystical realm. This artwork was created as a tribute to the great Ambubachi Mela. Ambubachi Mela emerges as the epicenter of worshipping the Cosmic feminist energy in the ancient land of Pragjyotishpura (present day Assam).
In the first three days of the festival the temple remains closed because according to belief that Mother Earth goes through annual menstrual cycle during this time. And in these three days people from all across the country come to Guwahati and camp around the temple which is situated on the Nilachal Hills. Even ‘sadhus’ or holy men of tantric cult come out of their seclusion for the festival.
The cleansing happens on the 4th day, the temple is opened, and devotees receive blessings and prasad. It is a celebration similar to Mother’s Day where we honour our mother, making her feel special, loved, and cared.
Tale of Monkey God
Hanuman’s Son Makardhwaja was born to a Makar(a sea-creature in Hindu mythology) when Hanuman after burning the entire Lanka with his tail had dipped in seawater to cool off his body. It is said that his sweat was swallowed by the fish and thus was MakarDhwaja conceived. The Artwork portrays the whole story.
Lord Shiva was not aware of Lord Ganesha’s birth. One day when Goddess Parvati was taking bath, she needed someone to guard the chambers. So she asked Ganesha to guard the gates for her. After completing his long session of Meditation Lord Shiva came to meet Parvati to her chamber. Following his mother’s orders, Ganesha blocked him from entering. Unknown to the fact that Ganesha is his son, Lord Shiva attacks him and behead him. When Parvati comes out and asks Lord Shiva to undo what he had done or to bring her son back to life. Lord Shiva sends all his soldiers to bring him the first living creature who is sleeping with its head to the north. After a long hunt, they find a baby elephant and they bring it to him. Hence, Lord Shiva gives Ganesha the head of an elephant.
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