Stories from the Ramayana are an integral part of the aural folklore, though
time and again art tries to visually narrate them. This painting depicts an
episode during the exile of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. While they were
wandering in the forest, they incurred the wrath of the demons. Surupnakha,
seen here with a castrated nose, was a giantess who first tried to entice
Rama, who resisted her advances, saying that he was married. She then leaned
towards Lakshmana, wanting to marry him. But Lakshmana also spurned her.
Surupnakha then attacked Sita but Lakshmana in turn attacked the giantess,
cutting off her nose. Surupnakha sought vengeance through her elder
brother Ravana and induced him to carry off Sita to Lanka.
The unique aspect of this painting is that the artist has used different
body colours for different people. He has used blue for Rama's body
signifying his role as an avatar of Vishnu; the fair Sita and Lakshmana
belonging to the mortal world; the dark and ugly Surupnakha symbolizes the
evil side of demons and giants.
The lush green and serene background stands witness to the gruesome
This description by Kiranjyot.
Of Related Interest:
Of Rama and His life
Rama and Family
Jai Sri Rama
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Ramayana in Pictures
Rama The Ideal Man
Sri Rama Lila
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