The harmonious togetherness of Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama. Sons of Devaki-Vasudeva, they were brought up by very loving albeit different mothers. Krishna is revered as an avatara of Lord Vishnu, while Balarama is the presiding deity over fitness or strength and agriculture (the former being indispensable to the latter). The painting that you see on this page depicts the two brothers in unison under the golden apple tree (known in the vernacular as ‘bael’). Their arms are linked around each other’s backs and they gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes. Compare the distinct complexion of their bodies - Krishna’s characteristic blue-dusk skin to the pristine hue of Balarama’s body - and the pastel-coloured dhoti and angavastram they are wearing. Tall pearl-studded crowns, the tips of which reach the canopy of the tree. From their wide-set eyes to the curves of their bodies and the shapely digits of their hands and feet, each aspect of the brothers’ forms has been executed with a superb aesthetic.
A rich peach hue defines the solid-coloured background. It is strewn with snowflake-like blossoms and the deep blue shoot of the bael tree. An inverted lotus pedestal of a glassy blue colour, upon which is a studded golden-coloured platform. An ornate vine the colour of peacock plumage frames this Krishna-Balarama composition.
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