Radha Waiting for Krishna in Kunjavana | Handmade

Radha Waiting for Krishna in Kunjavana | Handmade

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Raja Ravi Varma, the renowned modern Indian painter by drawing inspiration from the stories and legends of Indian mythology, created a repertoire of visual narrations, so elegant yet simple, even for people who did not possess an in-depth knowledge of Hinduism and its philosophy, appreciating its beauty became possible. A recreation of Ravi Varma’s celebrated painting- ‘Radha waiting for Krishna in Kunjavana’, this oil on canvas is an example of the magic that Ravi Varma created on canvas. 

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Item Code: HLA539
44.00 inch Height X 32.50 inch Width

Set in the depths of the Kunjavana- the forest where Krishna and Radha used to meet to relish each other’s company, away from the gaze and rules of the civilized world, the illustration has Radha, decked up and awaiting the arrival of her lover, as the focus. Against the darkness produced by the huge, leaves-laden trees which are proficiently defined on the canvas using various shades of dark green, grey and black along with hints of red, yellow, and brown, the figure of Radha instantly catches the eye. Draped in a fine silk saree, Radha has adorned herself in the fashion of a traditional Marathi woman. Her ornamentation includes an intricately designed choker moti haar (pearl necklace), a triple-stringed Mohan mala with pearls and green gemstones as beads, and Kudya (small ear studs), Bugadi (ear ornament worn at the helix), and Tode (bangles made from gold). On her forehead is the distinctive crescent-shaped Chandrakor bindi and her hair are secured with a delicate Veni Phool (hair ornament). Near her folded leg is a saucer full of flowers and fruits- probably a token of love, an offering for her Krishna.

But though our eyes are on her, Radha has her attention on someone or something outside the frame of this painting. With a thoughtful look on her gorgeous face, she has her head turned to her right. Could it be the sound of the footsteps of Krishna? Is her excruciatingly long wait finally over and she will get to meet her beloved? Based on what we gather from the stories of the love of Radha-Krishna, the answer is yes! 

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