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Venuvadaka Lambodara

Venuvadaka Lambodara

Venuvadaka Lambodara

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10.0" X 5.5" X 3.0"
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This brass–piece represents Lord Ganesha, the god of auspiciousness and good beginning, as Venuvadaka – playing on flute, and Lambodara – pot-bellied. The statue represents, on the one hand, an accurate, though conventionalised, iconography of the elephant-headed god, and on the other, blends in his form a 'tribhanga' posture – a form with three-curves, the usual posture of Lord Krishna in his manifestation as Venugopala – flute playing patron of cows. Like Lord Krishna, the enraptured figure of Lord Ganesh with flute on his lips, reveals celestial ease and great beauty of form. The ecstasy curves the figure in 'tribhanga', and 'tribhanga' imparts to the entire figure a rhythmic vitality and unique visual impact such as impart the 'tribhanga' images of Lord Krishna. 'Tribhanga' is not so much a body-mode as the expression of intrinsic ecstasy, and body – the manifest cosmos, is only its reflection.

Lord Ganesha, a divine genius, has been represented in the statue primarily as playing on his flute, but the gesture of his trunk in encircling the flute, the ecstasy revealing from his eyes and face, the semi-dance mode of his feet and the rhythm that defines his entire anatomy, are more the attributes of a dancer, which this form of Lord Ganesh blends. Dance is not, however, his deliberate mode. It is more like a spontaneous reflex, as the 'Venuvadaka' does not know when his head curved in rapture and feet turned to the notes of his flute. The melody that emits from an ordinary bamboo pipe not only enchants the world beyond but sends the piper also into a similar trance and in the process reels his entire figure – rhythmically float the ends of his sash and stretch to the optimum his ears. His ever-present mouse too contributes his own gyrations to Lord Ganesha’s divine rhythms.

This sculpture was cast in the city of Aligarh, in the central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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