In this painting, Shiva is being carried in a traditional manner on a makeshift wooden plank on long poles. As the death procession follows, it is lead by a couple who beats upon a copper plate as if to announce the arrival of the dead body. Two bearers ahead and two behind carry Shiva's lifeless body to the beat of drums. Atop Shiva's corpse stands the gruesome looking goddess. What we witness is that mysterious interplay of life and death, of creative animation and destruction.
The carrier of the dead body, in a way, divides the painting horizontally. Below it are the humans and above is Shiva and his consort. Another compositional element is Shiva's horizontal position and Kali standing vertically on top of him. Most colors of the palette are used in the lower half. The background is white with Kali's dark figure standing out.
This description by Renu Rana.
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