The Romantic Couple

The Romantic Couple

Item Code: BH19
Batik Painting On Cotton
2.7 ft x 3.4 ft
Radha and Krishna's relationship is an allegory of man's path to God. The language of the spiritual quest - the first meeting, dalliances, separations, frustrations and the final consummation is the language of profane love.

In India, monsoons augment not only rains but romance. Swinging on a make-shift swing tied to a dense tree, Radha and Krishna are depicted in a languorous mood. The usual iconographic depiction of Krishna in his yellow dhoti, shows a clear shift to replace it with a calf-length angrakha (tunic) and tight trousers. He is adorned with ornaments and an attractive crown. Radha wears a short choli (bodice) and a ghagra. She too wears suitable ornaments and the end of her hair is tied with a bow. Only the luminous full moon dares to compete with the beauty of beautiful Radha. Even in the still of the night, birds and animals accompany them. Cows follow their cowherd wherever he goes. To celebrate the onset of rains, a peacock joins Radha and Krishna in their pleasure.

Since the night scene required dark colours, the artist makes up for it in the bright and unusual colours of the duo's attire, giving it an attractive contrast.

This description by Renu Rana.

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