Episodes from the Ramayana

Episodes from the Ramayana
Availability: Can be backordered
Specifications:
Orissa's Paata Painting on Handmade Patti Paper
5.5 ft X 1.9 ft
Item Code: PC65
Price: $305.00
Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
This item can be back ordered
Time required to recreate this artwork: 6 to 8 weeks
Advance to be paid now (% of product value): 20%
Balance to be paid once product is ready: 80%
The amount to be tendered as advance to back order this artwork: $61.00
Viewed 10056 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
This excellently rendered splendid large Orissa 'pata', 22 inch wide and 66 inch long, depicts three episodes of Rama-katha (Ramayana), two from Kishkindha Kanda and one from Lanka Kanda. Despite multiplicity of depicted events the artist has preferred not to divide his canvas into compartments for serialising them for this could break the visual unity of his depiction and spoil the charm of his landscape which in its present form is so absolute. Hence, despite that it depicts three independent and detached events of the Rama-katha, the visual impact of the entire 'pata' and of the landscapic background is absolute and unified. The 'pata' is a quasi-folk art form not governed so much by academic art discipline as by its visual impact and by multiplication of visual symbols, motifs and patterns, sometimes inducting a remote symbolism and sometimes only appealing to vision. Alike, in this 'pata' the terrain has been sprinkled with figures of various animals, to vision a mere decorative element but symbolically as much an essential of Rama-katha, as in his battle against Ravana Rama had greater support of different animal clans than that of human beings.

The episode related to Lakshmana's wrath and Sugriva's humble submission covers almost the left half of the canvas. On assurance that Sugriva's monkeys would assist Rama in discovering Sita Rama had killed Bali and enthroned Sugriva as Kishkindha's king. Rama and Lakshmana expected that after Sugriva had been enthroned, he would deploy the army of his monkeys to gather information as to where Ravana had captivated Sita. But on the contrary Sugriva had forgotten all about it. For months he had not come out of his cave-palace and was busy with his queens in merriment and lustful pursuits. Rama was aggrieved but never gave vent to his feelings, though his grief often mirrored on his face. Lakshmana was not that tolerant. He was annoyed even with Rama for not saying a word to ungrateful Sugriva who had forgotten all his promises after becoming Kishkindha's king. One day he announced that he would punish the ungrateful Sugriva and destroy Kishkindha along with Sugriva and his entire army. Rama somehow cooled Lakshmana, though he allowed him to express his displeasure, which, he felt, would be enough to put Sugriva and his monkeys to become active in the matter.

Enraged Lakshmana went to Sugriva's cave-palace and commanded Sugriva angrily to immediately come out of his cave or he would destroy his entire Kishkindha. Sugriva's queen rushed to him and informed him of Lakshmana's displeasure. He along with his monkey courtiers appeared with folded hands before Lakshmana and realising his guilt apologized for not keeping his words. He assured him that he and his monkeys would instantly set out in search of Sita. Monkeys were immediately dispatched into different direction but by then it had become obvious that Ravana had taken her to Lanka across ocean. Spanning ocean was not so easy. But Hanumana finally undertook the errand and with his hidden inherent mystic powers flew towards Lanka across the ocean. The 'pata', towards the upper side of its right half, depicts Hanumana flying into air towards Ravana's kingdom. In chronological sequence this episode is prior to the battle between Rama and Ravana, but in the 'pata' in spatial sequence it has been rendered subsequently. This is in keeping with the spirit of folk vision where the intensity of an experience or vision over-rides the sense of chronology and space.

This right half of the 'pata' also portrays the climax of Rama-Ravana's battle. Despite his tremendous efforts Rama was unable to kill Ravana. Rama fought from ground while Ravana moved in his chariot often above the ground, hence his arrows did not hit him straight nor did him any harm. Meanwhile Ravana's brother Vibhishana had joined Rama's camp. Realising his master's dilemma he disclosed to him that Ravana contained nectar in his navel and unless it dried off, he would not be killed. From ground level Rama could not hit him at his navel and under the pledge he had taken when was exiled from Ayodhya he would not ride any vehicle. As always Hanumana emerged as the benefactor. With Angada's help he lifted Rama on his back and raised him to the level of Ravana's chariot. Rama could now hit Ravana straight into his navel. Using an 'agni-vana', the arrow emitting fire, Rama first burnt and extinct the nectar contained in Ravana's navel and then killed Ravana, the last in the battle-field. Right to its centre the 'pata' depicts Vibhishana indicating with his finger Ravana's navel. Jamban is handing over to Rama the arrow which emitted fire and was capable to burn the nectar contained in Ravana's navel. The ten headed Ravana is seen riding a splendid air borne chariot. The sky is filled with lamp like motifs, again a folk element, decorative as well as symbolical for Rama's victory over Ravana led to the festival of light, the Deepavali.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books.


Delivered by to all international destinations within 3 to 5 days, fully insured.

Of Related Interest:

Ramayana Tales Retold (Miniature Painting On Paper)

Lakshmana Severes the Nose of Swarupanakha (Miniature Painting On Paper)

Brothers in Arms (Kalamkari Painting on Cotton)

Dashanana, or the Ten Headed Demon King of Lanka (Brass Lost Wax Sculpture)

Sari Which Tells the Story of the Ramayana (Pure Cotton Sari)

Ramayana (Paperback Book)

Read more...
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Episodes from the Ramayana (Folk Art | Paintings)

Sita Enters The Earth (Based on the Ramayana of Valmiki)
An Episode from the Folk-Annals of Orissa
An Episode from The Shiva Purana
An Episode from the Life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
An Episode from the Life Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Ramayan Volume 2 (Exciting, Entertaining, Enjoyable) (DVD Video)
Hanuman Presents Rama's Ring to Sita Surrounded by Rakshasis
Musician Ganesha: A Collection of Seven Images
Lao Ramayana Gvay Dvorahbi (Rendering Into English from "Lav" Language)
Ramayana from Ganga to Brahmaputra
Valmiki’s Ramayana
Adbhuta Ramayana (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration, English Commentary with Explanation)
Kamba-Ramayana in Two Volumes)
The Secrets of Different Ramayanas
Krttivasa Ramayana: Composed By The Sage Krttivasa The Sacred Son of the Soil (Set of 2 Volumes) (An Old and Rare Book)
Adhyatma Ramayana in Two Volumes (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration, English Translation with Explanation)
Testimonials
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
This is to inform you that the shipment of my order has arrived in perfect condition. The actual shipment took only less than two weeks, which is quite good seen the circumstances. I waited with my response until now since the Buddha statue was a present that I handed over just recently. The Medicine Buddha was meant for a lady who is active in the healing business and the statue was just the right thing for her. I downloaded the respective mantras and chants so that she can work with the benefits of the spiritual meanings of the statue and the mantras. She is really delighted and immediately fell in love with the beautiful statue. I am most grateful to you for having provided this wonderful work of art. We both have a strong relationship with Buddhism and know to appreciate the valuable spiritual power of this way of thinking. So thank you very much again and I am sure that I will come back again.
Bernd, Spain
You have the best selection of Hindu religous art and books and excellent service.i AM THANKFUL FOR BOTH.
Michael, USA
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: https://www.learnastrologyfree.com/vedicbooks.htm Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA

Collections within "Folk Art"