SERIGRAPH, 1990 Collection Anant Art Delhi
Jyoti Bhatt’s Ganesha serigraph original was part of his solo exhibition at Bihar Museum Patna last year. Bhatt told me the beauty of Ganesha is its form that transcends all faiths and unites minds.
Known as the giver of counsel and remover of obstacles for humans and deities alike, although his elephant-headed form lends a playful quality, Ganesha's significance is profound maintained Bhatt. He also said that a friend of his who is devout Ganesha bhat believed that as overseer of the relationship between past, present, and future, Ganesha maintains balance in the universe. The auspicious nature of his presence is what is imperative that is why he is typically worshipped at the beginning of rituals.
This Ganesha original proof belonging to Anant Art Gallery was a small quaint wonder created in softening, soothing tones of autumnal colours and contours. When you saw it was like the smoothened paste of sandalwood with a few hues of white and deep crimson.Bhatt added folk elements to embellish the Ganesha on the pedestal . Laced in white neat strokes the Ganesha is a treat to behold.
Known for his youthful cleverness and predilection for prank, Ganesha is frequently depicted dancing or standing in tribhanga . In south asian countries too Ganesha is worshipped. The Indonesian Ganesha is often portrayed seated with the soles of his feet touching, emphasising his wisdom and benevolence.
The present work depicts the elephant-headed god seated on a throne, his robust frame and bulging stomach a symbol of abundance. His sensitively carved eyes and finely rendered trunk, imbue him with a sense of approachable serenity. Like his father, he holds a battle-axe in his upper hands and is accompanied by two birds. His elaborate diadem is centered with a leaf and a bird, yet another reminder of his ascetic heritage and connectivity to the universe.