Jun 22, 2015
Jun 16, 2015
Jan 9, 2015
Here is a simple yet strikingly attractive thread work done by me ....
Anyone who sees it for the first time will think it is a piece of simple embroidery.
This is a simple thread work which is done without a stitch!
I drew the outline of the design on a felt cloth fixed on a hardboard...
Took a few skeins of embroidery thread ...cut the thread into pieces of desired sizes to fill up the designs...and the pieces were neatly stuck to fill up the design with fabric glue...
What you need to master this work is just loads of patience...
Jan 2, 2015
Dec 22, 2014
To grow a bonsai tree takes years and years of painstaking ,patient work....
This Handmade Bonsai is an imitation of the real one...
And it just takes a few hours' of imaginative,creative effort....
- Pliable steel wire bits
- Tissue paper
- Flower making wire with green gum tape wrapped on them
- Plaster of paris
- Acrylic paints in brown and yellow ocher shades
- Flower making wires wrapped with green colored gum tape.
- A suitable base/holder (I used anartistically shaped coconut shell which was sold in an exhibition for just Rs.5)
- Cut steel wires into 3 -4 inch bits to shape the branches.
- Cut a few longer bits to shape the trunk of the tree.
- Cut the green wires into 1 1/2 to2 inch bits. Tie 8-10 bits aroun the tip of a steel wire
- Wrap tissue paper soaked in diluted glue around the wires and shape the branches.
- Run a thread around each bit and fasten it well.
- Similarly use more tissue papers and make a thicker trunk.
- Let them dry for a day.
- Bend them to your desired shapes.
- Shape the green wires to resemble some spiky tree leaves.
- Arrange the branches on the trunk and secure them with thread and glue.
- Mix the Plaster of paris with enough water .
- Pour some into the base and set the trunk in it .Let the Plaster of Paris harden well.
- Mix more plaster of paris and apply it on the trunk ,base and branches roughly so it resembles a tree.
- Let it dry well.
- Paint it with acrylic colors .
The Bonsai is ready for display!
Dec 20, 2014
Here is a simple Batik painting done by me...
Batiks are done on cotton or silk clothes...
I am giving the basic procedure for doing a batik painting ...
Plain white cotton cloth is washed well and destarched.
On that fabric ,the basic design is roughly sketched...
Paraffin wax and bees wax is mixed in the proportion 2:1 nd dissolved on medium heat.The hot wax is painted on the design and then dyed in yellow.(Napthol dyes)
The cloth is then dried and the areas that has to be yellow is coated with wax and now dyed in maroon.
The cloth is now dried and the areas to be preserved as maroon is waxed
Lightly crush the fabric so that it develops cracks .
Now,Dye it in the final color-Navy Blue.
Dewax the cloth by dipping it in boiling water to melt away the wax and iron it between sheets of newspaper to clean the wax stains completey.
The technique used in Batik is called wax resistant technique.
Sep 23, 2014
Here is another of my favorite Ganesha
crafted in Tanjore style...
I wish to share this painting of The Lord
with the lyrics and meaning of one of my
favorite songs on Him
Vatapi ganapatim bhaje .....
vātāpi gaṇapatiṃ bhajē'ham
vāraṇāsyaṃ varapradaṃ śrī
|I pray to Lord Ganapathi Who hails from Vatapi;|
He Who has an elephant face, and showers His devotees with boons.
(madhyama kāla sāhityam)
The ghosts and demons who accompany Shiva worship His feet, and surrender themselves to Him.
He pervades the world of the Five Elements.
He is beyond desires, and is glorified by all the yogis.
He causes creation, and destroys all obstacles/sadness
(madhyama kāla sāhityam)
haṃsadhwani bhūṣita hērambam
n His lotus-like hands, a noose, a goad and fruits.
He drives away all evil and has a gigantic form.
His form is adored by Hara, Guruguha and others.
He Who is the Lord Heramba decorated by the Raga Hamsadhwani.
(Lyrics and meanings courtesy-Internet)
Sep 5, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
May Lord Ganesha -The destroyer of obstacles
shower His blessings and grace on all our ventures...
With Ganesha Chathurthi round the corner,
I am sharing some Slokas on Lord Ganesha
along with their meanings....
Meaning: We meditate on Lord Ganesha - who is clad in white (representing purity), who is all pervading (present everywhere), whose complexion is gray like that of ash (glowing with spiritual splendor), who has four arms, who has bright countenance (depicting inner calm and happiness) and who can destroy all obstacles (in our spiritual and worldly path).
Meaning:The Lord with the curved trunk and a mighty body, who has the luster of a million suns, I pray to thee Oh Lord, to remove the obstacles from all the actions I intend to perform.
Meaning:I worship day and night that elephant faced Lord Ganesha who is like sun to the lotus face of Mother Parvati. Giver of many boons, the single tusked Ganesh, I salute Thee to give e a boon.
Meaning: The Lord with the elephant face, served by all the Ganas, One who takes as His food, the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala (these are two favorite fruits of Ganesh), son of Uma (Mother Parvati), destroyer of misery of the devotees, controller of obstacles, we worship Your Lotus Feet.
Meaning: We invite You, the Lord of spiritual faith (of Lord Shiva). You are the wisest among the wise, the best to be given as a standard of comparison. You are the senior Lord, Lord of the Vedic manthras, listening to our prayers. Please visit our home with prosperous things and be seated here.
Meaning: We meditate on that super power, we invoke the single tusked boon giver, Ganesh.
- Mudakaraatha Modakam Sada Vimukti Saadhakam
Kalaadharaavatamsakam Vilasiloka Rakshakam
Anaaya Kaika Naayakam Vinasitebha Daityakam
Nataasubhasu Naashakam Namaami Tham Vinaayakam.Meaning: I prostrate before Lord Vinaayaka who joyously holds modaka in His hand, who bestows salvation, who wears the moon as a crown in His head, who is the sole leader of those who lose themselves in the world. The leader of the leaderless who destroyed the elephant demon called Gajaasura and who quickly destroys the sins of those who bow down to Him, I worship such a Lord Ganesh.
- Natetaraati Bheekaram Navoditaarka Bhaasvaram
Namat Suraari Nirjanam Nataadhi Kaapa Duddharam
Suresvaram Nidheesvaram Gajesvaram Ganeshvaram
Mahesvaram Samaasraye Paraatparam Nirantaram.Meaning: I meditate eternally on Him, the Lord of the Ganas, who is frightening to those not devoted, who shines like the morning sun, to whom all the Gods and demons bow, who removes the great distress of His devotees and who is the best among the best.
- Samasta Loka Samkaram Nirasta Daitya Kunjaram
Daredarodaram Varam Vare Bhavaktra Maksharam
Krupaakaram Kshamaakaram Mudaakaram Yasaskaram
Manaskaram Namaskrutaam Namaskaromi Bhaasvaram.Meaning: I bow down with my whole mind to the shining Ganapati who brings happiness to all the worlds, who destroyed the demon Gajasura, who has a big belly, beautiful elephant face, who is immortal, who gives mercy, forgiveness and happiness to those who bow to Him and who bestows fame and a well disposed mind.
- Akimchanaarti Marjanam Chirantanokti Bhaajanam
Puraari Poorva Nandanam Suraari Garva Charvanam
Prapancha Naasha Bheeshanam Dhananjayaadi Bhushanam
Kapola Daana Vaaranam Bhajaey Puraana Vaaranam.Meaning: I worship the ancient elephant God who destroys the pains of the poor, who is the abode of Aum, who is the first son of Lord Shiva (Shiva who is the destroyer of triple cities), who destroys the pride of the enemies of the Gods, who is frightening to look at during the time of world's destruction, who is fierce like an elephant in rut and who wears Dhananjaya and other serpents as his ornaments.
- Nitaantikaanta Dantakaanti Mantakaanta Kaatmajam
Achintya Rupa Mantaheena Mantaraaya Krintanam
Hrudantarey Nirantaram Vasantameva Yoginam
Tameka Danta Meva Tam Vichintayaami Santatam.Meaning: I constantly reflect upon that single tusked God only, whose lustrous tusk is very beautiful, who is the son of Lord Shiva, (Shiva, the God of destruction), whose form is immortal and unknowable, who tears asunder all obstacles, and who dwells forever in the hearts of the Yogis.
- Mahaaganesa Pancharatnam Aadarena Yonvaham
Prajapati Prabhaatake Hrudi Smaran Ganesvaram
Arogatham Adoshataam Susaahitim Suputrataam
Samaahitaayu Rastabhootim Abhyupaiti Sochiraat.Meaning: He who recites this every morning with devotion, these five gems about Lord Ganapati and who remembers in his heart the great Ganesha, will soon be endowed with a healthy life free of all blemishes, will attain learning, noble sons, a long life that is calm and pleasant and will be endowed with spiritual and material prosperity.
- Pranamya Shirasa Devam
Bhakataavaasam Smare Nityam
Aayuh Kaamartha SiddhayeMeaning:Every day, I bow down to that Lord, the son of Gowri, the Lord one who lives in the heart of the devotees, blessing them always with good health and prosperity.
- Prathamam Vakratundam Cha
Thriteeyam Krishna Pingaaksham
Gajavaktram ChaturthakamMeaning: Starting from here the twelve names of Ganesha are mentioned and he is worshipped in those different forms. The first as the Lord with the curved trunk; second, as the one with only one tusk, third, as the one with black (red/brown) eyes, fourth, as the one with giant structure.
- Lambodaram Panchamaam Cha
Shashtam Vikatameva Cha
Dhoomravarnam TathaashtamamMeaning: Fifth, as the one with a big (long) stomach, six, as the one with a huge body Seven, as the remover of obstacles, eight, as the one with smoke gray color
- Navamam Phaalachandram Cha
Dasamam Tu Vinaayakam
Dvaadasam Tu GajaananamMeaning: Ninth, as the one with moon on the front of His head, tenth, as the foremost leader, eleventh, as the leader of the ganas, twelfth as the one with elephant face.
- Dvaadasaitaani Naamaani
Trisandhyam Yah Pathernnarah
Na Cha Vighna Bhayam Tasya
Sarva Siddhikaram PrabhoMeaning: Any person, who remembers these twelve names of Ganesha, three times in a day, will have all their obstacles and fear removed and will attain success. (This group of verses is said to be sage Narada's offering to Lord Ganesh.)
- Sumukhascha Ekadanthascha
Vighnaraajo GanaadhipaaMeaning: The various names and associated forms of God Ganesha are enumerated and need to be meditated upon here - the one with an auspicious face, the single tusked Lord, the one who is of red color, the one with the ears of an elephant, the one with a big stomach, the one with a jovial disposition, the controller of obstacles, the Lord of the Ganas.
- Dhoomaketur Ganaadhyashah
Heyrambho SkandapoorvajahaMeaning:The one of smoke gray color, the leader of the ganas, the one who has moon in the front of his forehead, the elephant faced one, the one with a curved trunk (or broken tusk), the one with big (basket like) ears, the one who is heroic like a buffalo, the elder brother of Skanda (Skanda is another name for Lord Subrahmanya)
- Shodashaitaani Namaani
Yah Pateth Srunuyaadapi
Vidyaarambhe Vivahe Cha
Praveshey Nirgamey Tatah
Sangraamey Sarva Kaaryeshu
Vighnas Tasya Na Jaayathe
Sarva Vighna Chhido Tasmai
Sree Ganaadhipataye NamahaMeaning:Whoever the one who recites and listens to these sixteen names at the beginning of studies, at the time of marriage, while entering or departing a place, or at the battle field, all their obstacles will be removed. Even the Gods worship Lord Ganesha to receive the fulfillment of their actions. Oh Lord Ganesh, the One who has this power of destroying all the obstacles in the way of the devotees, I prostrate before you.
Aug 21, 2014
Here is Krishna with his consorts
Bama and Rukmini-
depicted in Tanjore style art
popularly called Tanjore Painting...
As you know,this style of painting
has its roots is Maharashtra...
It was brought to Tanjore
during the rule of the Maratas
and it flourished here and
are popularly known as Tanjore paintings or
Thanjavur paintings or
Thanjai paani oviyam...