Ganesha has been manifested in Indian art, inter-alia, as a musician and dancer. He has been shown with different musical instruments, e.g., damaru, flute, tanpuru and Shehnai etc. It is said that the basis of the seven notes of the musical scale was very much Ganesha himself. His predilection for music is known by the presence of musical instruments in his hands as attributes. The early Indian texts clearly mention Ganesha's affiliation with music. The composers of different regions of the country have dedicated several hymns to Ganesha.
In the present artwork, Ganesha has been shown seated on a Lotus pedestal.He is holding the Shehnai with both of his hands.
D.N. Bakshi, Hindu Divinities in Japanese Buddhist Pantheon, Calcutta, 1979.
Paul Martin-Dubost, Ganesha: the enchanter of the three worlds, Mumbai, 1977.
R.C. Majumdar (ed.), The age of imperial Kanauj, Bombay, 1955.
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