‘Devi’ has innumerable interpretations in beliefs and mythology. The manifestations are so thoughtful that they lend purpose to native folks. Their role and significance in everyday rituals and narratives cannot be understated. Devi is a divine power yet she has human side to her. Cultural opulence of imaginative traditions has led to portrayal of feminine energy in shades and hues of changing times. Devi’s are virtuous women; they are revered, feared and worshiped.
In the joyful process of creating objects of daily living, where utility and beauty co-exist; there is an oneness of the creator, the created and the participant. These beautifully made creative objects enhance life and evocate the magnificence and meaning of gracious living, where the immediate and the ultimate are connected by the living reality of beautiful objects.
Once angered by the pride of man, the earth-goddess ‘Bhoodevi’ decided not to let the seeds sprout or plants grow. The resultant famine caused chaos in the three worlds. The gods begged the earth goddess to have mercy. Unable to bear there suffering, the goddess began to weep. So great was her grief that tears rolled down her hundred thousand eyes for nights, causing, heavy rain to fall upon the earth. The rivers flowed again lakes and ponds were full and life once again returned to the earth in abundance.
Goddess or Devi as in Indian mythology is the most complex and most powerful of the goddesses and also known as Shakti or female energy. All over the world she has the same image as life bestower, nourishes, lover, comforter, and also the conqueror of evil.
She is portrayed in different shades from the mild to fierce and amongst the goddesses in images as sati, parvati, durga to kali.
The sun, sand and extreme hostile weather could hardly be an inspiration to bring out the creative side in any human, yet what I have seen and experienced in the desert of Kutch is a beyond imagination.
There is Creativity and beauty in every possible form, material, space, and lifestyle. The Desert series of paintings were my first attempt to capture these people in their element. The paintings portraying people, mud houses, cattle and life in general was almost an obsession in my initial painting phase.