Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rasa Lila: Folk Art from Rajasthan

Rasa Lila: The Dance of Divine Love, Radha & Krishna forever entwined in the Divine Play of Creation, 19th Century Folk Painting from Rajasthan

The Consciousness of Divine Love and How That Blossoms a New Age, Giving Birth to a New Time:

Consciousness-Analogue : Rasa-Lila

A pure cusp of love enfolds within
A dance of light encompasses the stars
Involuted is the birth of cosmic transcendence
The body lapsed into the woven music of the soul
Delight’s arms were stretched tenderly like the breeze
And birds caroled till the dusk-light was settled with the dews
And the moon came silently behind the honeyed groves
Enthralled the garden with its musk fragrance
A deep celestial concord rendered the scene
Filled were the senses with the rapture of springs
Unencumbered in the streams of paradise
Floating endlessly like a rainbow fish
Flowering like Judas in the forgiving heart
Or like the water hyacinths entwined forever
Where the crucifix of pain gives birth to its joy
Sorrows companions found the pleasure of life
In the warm hues of the golden ray
Immortal existence in a timeless body
A sweet fire-rhythm of silence’s flute
That breaks the barriers of the corporeal mind
And when the inward manifestation comes to the front
Omnipresent is the consciousness of the divine.

- Joy Roy Choudhury

Friday, August 13, 2010

Durga, Mithila Folk Art: From the Fire in the Sea and the Ether’s Tiger-Waves

Durga: Folk-Art from Mithila, India. The painting narrates the story of Goddess Durga descending on earth to engage in the battle with Mahisasura, the buffalo-daemon, to save the human race from darkness, ignorance, immobility and death.

Consciousness-Analogue: This descent of higher forces to wipe out ignorance, pain, and suffering and death is taking place constantly within ourselves as an inner-struggle, an inner-war without escape. Soon a day will come when matter and spirit shall triumph over death and falsehood and will be One-light of the Heaven's Supreme Divinity. This is the time of the marriage of heaven and earth, the truth-consciousness will create the dream kingdom of god's light, and Sri Aurobindo's Rose of God will be planted in every human heart.

In line with the cosmic truth
She traversed the earth's seething walls
Affluent with the tide of time
And the enormous scope of future projection
Where the land is marshaled by lion’s own light
From the fire in the sea and the ether’s tiger-waves
She shall command the speechless act
That takes birth in the harmony of souls
And in the infinitesimal quarks of matter’s pristine self
Where hearts are interlocked by the true love and light
That pours through the vessels of innumerable atoms
The declensions of time and history are wiped out
The slate is clean like a spotless euphoria
It's the moment of the earth’s joy betrothed to heaven

- Joy Roy Choudhury

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Radha and Krishna: Folk Art from Mithila, Bihar

This is a typical Radha & Krishna Folk Painting from Mithila. These paintings are very rare as they carry the essence of natural spirituality and mytho-poeia in their narrative structures, composed with natural colors on recycled paper that tells something about sustainability, harmony and resource management.

ArtVantage is proud to bring to the audience these paintings that are done by artisans in the villages in India, they are a face of the bright India and of the world that is rising and rising like the inner-sun that never fades.

Radha and Krishna: Consciousness-Analogue

There awaiting the fruit of sweet revival
In the dense cloud of matter and mind
She alone in her splendor of dreams
Lighted the vast flame of imperial love
Where flowers bloomed and the bees hived
And the rapture of the seeds send signal to the rain
Beauty endorsed the last sight of love and bliss
And birds gathered at the honey-dusk of privilege
To hear the Lord’s singing refrains on nature’s paths
Led to by the wild breeze and the tulsi leaves
Silence harps on the moon’s vagabond flutes
Arrests time in the immemorial hearts
To say a few words or stare at the soul
In a wordless embrace and the conjugation of the stars
Create the cosmos again and again.

- Joy Roy Choudhury