In a World of Gods and Goddesses: The Mystic Art of Indra Sharma

In a World of Gods and Goddesses: The Mystic Art of Indra Sharma

by Indra Sharma, James H Bae
     
 
One of India's most noted painters, Indra Sharma derives inspiration from the Puranas and Upanishads, painting divine images of Hindu gods and goddesses against dreamy ethereal backgrounds. These captivating creations, generated over decades of dedicated work, tell ancient stories and transport the viewer to the miraculously divine world of the Hindu universe. Prints

Overview

One of India's most noted painters, Indra Sharma derives inspiration from the Puranas and Upanishads, painting divine images of Hindu gods and goddesses against dreamy ethereal backgrounds. These captivating creations, generated over decades of dedicated work, tell ancient stories and transport the viewer to the miraculously divine world of the Hindu universe. Prints of Sharma's work adorn millions of Hindu households throughout the world.

This magnificent coffee-table edition preserves a selection of his masterpieces for posterity. In it, readers encounter the Mahabharata and Ramayana and pay respects to revered deities (Ganesh, Shiva, Rama, Krishna, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and others), elevating themselves to new spiritual heights. To open this book is to open the gates of the great temple of Hinduism and experience a pilgrimage within.

Quite literally, work for Indra Sharma is worship. His paintings become a medium for offering prayers to the Hindu divinities. This type of meditation is a mystical experience for the artist as well as the viewer. This is the first time work from this master painter has appeared in a book in the U.S. It is the most comprehensive and visually captivating book of Hindu gods and goddesses ever assembled in one place!


About the Author:
Indra Sharma was born in 1923 in the small town of Nathdwara, in Rajasthan, India. He learned the art of painting from his family and did his first creation at the tender age of ten. He graduated with an MFA from the Sir J. J. School of Arts in Mumbai. His work combines contemporary and traditional elements. Remaining humble and devoted to his Hindu faith and profession, he creates icons of Hindu gods and goddesses that are altars of worship for millions.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Showcased to dazzling effect here is the Hindu religious art of India National Award winner Sharma. Often featured in publications on Hindu spirituality (the late A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, was a close friend and patron), Sharma's paintings are colorful, vivid, and lush, with great attention to the details of clothing, jewelry, and the world of nature. In some ways, his paintings resemble traditional Christian hagiographic art, with androgynous figures (divine or human), carefully draped garments, and symbolic items in profusion. They are highly realistic not to say photographic yet they depict the unseen personages of mythology from Ganesh to Shiva. The book, in fact, is intended as a visual introduction to Hindu gods and goddesses, with Bae's thorough text clarifying the religious meaning of all the artistic detail. A practitioner of Yoga, Bae has spent the last three years living in India as a monk. A beautifully produced and relatively inexpensive large-format book, this is warmly recommended for public and academic libraries. James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886069459
Publisher:
Palace Publishing Group, LP
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
12.20(w) x 14.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

James H. Bae is a practitioner of both Hindu and Buddhist yoga systems. For years Bae has lived in India investing himself in his spiritual study and training as a monk. His primary areas of study include Oriental medicine, Hindu and Buddhist art, and Eastern philosophy and culture. Bae is the author of Darshan: Sweet Sounds of Surrender, Smaranam: A Garland of Kirtan, In a World of Gods and Goddesses: The Mystic Art of Indra Sharma, and a frequent writer for the Mandala diety mini-books. Bae currently writes and studies at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.

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