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 James H. Bae, Indra Sharma
     
 

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In a World of Gods and Goddesses marks the first time a large collection of Indra Sharma's work has appeared outside of the Indian subcontinent. By magically combining contemporary and traditional artistic styles, Sharma creates icons of Hindu gods and goddesses that are altars of worship for millions. Steeped in India's ancient Vedic cosmology, these prayerful,

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In a World of Gods and Goddesses marks the first time a large collection of Indra Sharma's work has appeared outside of the Indian subcontinent. By magically combining contemporary and traditional artistic styles, Sharma creates icons of Hindu gods and goddesses that are altars of worship for millions. Steeped in India's ancient Vedic cosmology, these prayerful, captivating paintings contain a complete who's who of the Hindu pantheon. Ganesh, Shiva, Laxmi and Krishna come alive as divine forms in this unique and richly colored work.

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9781886069459
Publisher:
Insight Editions LLC
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
12.20(w) x 14.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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