art for advent 2019

Keerthana Jayakumar

My sources of inspiration are poetry and classical Indian literature. I have chosen to use watercolors for their light and lyrical effects. My painting series named Majnun features doves in Old Delhi. I was inspired by the use of doves as a poetic device to symbolize mourning and loss in ancient Ummayad Arabic poetry (Ghazals). I am currently working on a Ragamala series following the ancient Indian tradition of assigning images to musical modes. Each musical mode or Raag has a mood, a time of day and a season attached to it. I am following a text by Somanantha (c.1609) that assigned imagery to each raga but am adapting it to modern Indian subjects My art for advent project will be creating paintings representing 24 different ragas for 24 hours of the day.

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