Kamalnayan Bajaj Hall
Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery
Kamalnayan Bajaj Workshop Studio
4th March 2024 to 10th March 2024 (11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.)

"Kumarsambhav " is an sanskrit epic written  by Mahakavi Kalidasa, depicting the birth of Parvati, her childhood, her penance to marry shiva and then Kumar kartikeya birth. It's considered a masterpiece in classical Sanskrit literature. In "Kumārasambhava," every word is a note, every verse a stroke, crafting an aesthetic experience that resonates with the reader across centuries.

"Kumārasambhava" consists of 17 cantos and is divided into two parts. The first part describes the birth of Parvati , also known as Uma , the daughter of Himvat and Mena . The second part focuses on the story of shiva parvati’s son Kumar kartikeya.

Kalidasa's poetic excellence shines through vivid descriptions of nature, emotions, and divine events. The work is renowned for its intricate use of Sanskrit meter, similes, and metaphors. It's celebrated not only for its mythological content but also for its aesthetic and literary qualities. Kalidas beautifully captures the essence of love and desire, portraying the intense emotions between Shiva and Parvati. The poet skillfully weaves together mythology and the human experience, showcasing his mastery of both narrative and lyrical elements.

I felt that the poem is a symphony of imagery, with each canto a unique whole subject in itself to be expressed on the canvas. I could sense Nature becoming a palette, and the play of seasons, flora, and fauna mirrors the characters' emotions. Kalidasa's ability to intertwine the divine, creating a seamless blend of mythology and human experience, showcases a true artistic genius.And thus, his poem has inspired numerous adaptations and interpretations in various forms of art and literature across different cultures.

As Leonardo da Vinci says,

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt and poetry is a painting that is felt rather than seen.”

I have just taken a baby step towards this long, never ending beautiful journey through the mahakavyas and tried to depict the essence and beauty of the whole Kavya, primarily considering the rasa of the subject in mind.



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