Birth of Krishna.
Janmashtami will be celebrated tomorrow, August 19.
बिभ्रद्वासः कनककपिशं वैजयन्तीं च मालाम् ।
रन्ध्रान्वेणोरधरसुधया पूरयन्गोपवृन्दै –
र्वृन्दारण्यं स्वपदरमणं प्राविशद्गीतकीर्तिः ॥
karṅikāra flowers adorning His ears, and the vaijayantī garland around His neck;
clothed in a tawny-gold garment, body like an expert dancer’s,
the holes of the flute brimming with the sweetness of His mouth,
surrounded by gopikā-s who sing His praise,
He enters Vṛndāvana which turns lovelier with His footprints.
I took this photo in 2016 at the Serendipity Arts Festival in Panjim. The exhibit in clay relief was captivating, with its marvellous depiction of Sri Krishna at play on the Kadamba tree. Later to my dismay, I realized I had neglected to record the particulars of the artist. Fortunately I was able to draw on Goa‘s Art maven Vivek Menezes who identified the creative – the self-taught Sonabai Rajawar from a remote village in Chhattisgarh – and supplied a link to her world.