“NANDI” by Master Artist Vivek Kumavat in Aid of The Nargis Dutt Foundation
Vivek Kumavat’s art is instantly recognizable and has a spontaneous recall value for Indian art connoisseurs as all his works are created around the icon of the majestic Indian Bull. Most of his work decorates the walls of Indian & World leaders.
Vivek Kumavat hails from a small town where domesticated animals are seen everywhere. Out of these, the bull captured his attention towards its hefty built, characteristic traits and its important place in Indian mythology and moreover its universal recognition as a zodiac sign.
“We all are a part of nature and every human trait can be traced inanimates in the nature. It is surprising that even though animals cannot speak, almost all of them can project the characteristics similar to human being only by their physical gestures. One such animal is the bull, whom I observed closely from human nature point of view. And it is no wonder that it represents human trait in zodiac ring where it is called Taurus.”
Bull is a perfect symbol of mental and physical endurance.In this series along with its utility Vivek has concentrated on the holy position that it holds in Indian mythology. In Indian mythology bull has a special significance of being the vahanaor the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Its holy name is Nandi and it is completely devoted to the Lord and therefore we find Nandi placed at the entrance of Lord Shiva’s temple. Prayer at Lord Shiva’s temple is incomplete without reverence to Nandi.
To create the religious and mythical aura, Vivek has painted figures on the body of bulls, in this series. The colours are chosen to project the ancient Indian painting style. Some of the paintings have plain coloured bulls but the canvas have figure on it.
Bull is truly an inspiring animal with its healthy body and mind. Vivek mentions that he gets positive vibration on seeing the magnetic and gigantic built of a bull. Its positive charisma nullifies negativity and helps to develop positive attitude in life.
Vivek concludes by saying “I would like to sum up by saying that to uplift your spirit, develop and follow the bull’s spirit, because it is a troupe of humanity”
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