To depict a wide gamut of emotions into metal casting calls for exceptional skill. who better to attempt it than the Chola craftsmen and what better scene than the drama of emotions during a wedding - the wedding of the divine parents at that. Yes, today we are going to see a stunning bronze composition - the wedding of Meenakshi with Sundareshwarar. We already saw the metamorphosis of Tadagai - the three breasted warrior queen of Madurai into Meenakshi , a stunning shy lass - true to the prophecy, at the sight of her prince charming - Shiva as the epitome of manly charm - Sundareshwarar.
Imagine the situation of such a wedding, throw in the bride’s brother - Vishnu here and his consort Lakshmi giving off their priced possession to Shiva.
Take a look at this bronze now from the Tanjore Raja Raja Museum.
The bridgegroom - heart swelling with pride, a mischievous smile on his lips, majestic in his poise, triumphantly taking the hand of his beloved.
The bride - embodiment of grace, head bent in his shyness - experiencing the first touch of her beloved as she feels his powerful hand close on top of hers, and her left hand flying up to hide her reddening cheeks.
The symbolisation of taking the hand has lot of significance - for its a promise to be with her, to protect her and live as one - for eternity.
The perfection in this composition, flows through every inch , every curve of the bronze - a visual delight.
Sadly, its all held inside glass cases and its hard to bring out the splendor in more depth and detail.
But i have with me a gifted artist, Mr Prasad - who has sketched this for us ( he says it was his early attempt - but to me its masterclass!!!)
Sketching bronzes is no easy task - for you are not sketching just a piece of art , you are sketching a deity and to bring that grace onto paper - calls for exceptional talent.
I am blessed to be even be born in the soil that brought forth these masterpieces.
Images courtesy: Our Satheesh n various on the net.
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