The unique element of this painting is that the protagonists of the
narrative are placed in the extreme left corner. Lord Krishna, with his hand
raised in a blessing gesture, stands in a frontal pose while Arjuna can be
seen seated in profile, kneeling, hands held in anjali mudra. The central
space of the painting is occupied by the grandiose of their chariot driven
by four white steeds. The horses are richly caparisoned in silk saddles and
ornaments. The main chariot has an elaborate canopy with the arches flanked
by elephant heads with raised trunks, parrots and peacocks. Prominently
placed atop the chariot is the image of Hanuman, the deity they look up to
As Krishna sermonises Arjuna, there is stillness around. All there is to
movement is the shell-shaped clouds that fill up the entire background. The
foreground consists of the story ground.
The painting displays an abashed use of colour. Too many colours have
disturbed the aesthetic element but is saved by the firm and strong line.
This description by Kiranjyot.
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