Analysis Of Venkatrarma's Painting Of The Kurukshetra War

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Venkatrarma’s painting of the Kurukshetra War serves as an artistic response to war, primarily because it portrays the battle between a group of cousins (Kauravs and Pandavs) for the throne of an Indian Kingdom known as Kuru. The account of the battle is from the epic Indian story, Mahabharata. The painting by the artist depicts the time when chakravyuh was formed as a defensive formation which appears like a blooming lotus by the commander in chief of Kauravs in the battle of Kurukshetra. As depicted in the painting, the war is taking place in an open field between two groups. One group forms a lotus formation where main warriors are in the inner circles while other people are protecting them from extraneous. Whereas the opponent people in the chariot are thinking of how to infiltrate inside the chakravyuh. The Venkatraman’s painting depicts it being painted from folk to classical arts. It also portrays various emotions like revenge, agony, power, justice and sorrow. The painting represents several concentric circles and rings of warriors in rotating formation. It seems difficult to penetrate by the other group of people since the attacker or opponent cannot focus on a still target as warriors in chakravyuh formation keep rotating. …show more content…
Although many may see it as a painting that serves to memorialize a moment during the Indian epic tale Mahabharata, a closer analysis suggests a more profound message. Venkatraman’s work responds to war by portraying the features necessary in all those people out there passing on the message that regardless of what situation in you are – Half knowledge can be more dangerous than no knowledge. It also depicts how Abhimanyu performs his obligation, it was his honorable nature that teaches how one can be dutiful in challenging times of battle to win victory in conflict and to attain the respect and trust of the warriors who come

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