Still-Life shot in daylight within the household with utensils,vegetables and fruits using my NIKON600D with an 80-200mm Zoom during the sunlit days of the past years summertime.No flashes are used but the natural light coming through the windows and grills….!
Among the shades of Blue , there were blushing Green shades reflecting the face of a Man who was among the flourishing fields of romance, recreation , redeeming passions of life and rejuvenating spirits of earthly life…!( The Performance depicted the story of man undergoing the friction and fascinations of manly realms of the real and the fictitious aspects of human passions posed against turbulance of Time)…The green shades are from the classical style depiction of manhood in its dance drama version of KATHAKALI which was performed in the late hours of the dry Nights of the summertime) !!!!
The night expresses itself through the eyes in red restricted by the squares of dense black ,surrounded by the frills of white and the red overlaying the vigor of sensuousness and power of life that pulses in high ranges of luminosity and depth of passion that adds more and more beauty to the majestic black that frames around the eyes….of the face of the Night…( this is a way to incarnate the expressions of the night with its quality of passion and senses emerging through the face of a character in the classical style of dance drama format of KATHAKALI,of India ) …!
It does have the vastness of the earth, the watch ability of the time in front and the effort some strength of facing the forces at its reach..Sometimes it is vigilant about what happens around and most often highly conscious of the avenging human interactions that coincides with each other during the hours of consciousness and the losing aspects of morality and impulses of a human being..
An avenging watch of the time….!
By the end of the collective process of human interactions of thought and emotions, it dissolves itself into the dense black bordered by the thick white and red lines of life that highlights the power of thoughtfulness and memory powering over the passion of the senses…! ( The Images are from the Face painting and facial expressions of the character in RED depicting the quality of Night that I shot in my Canon 500D, digital SLR, from the classical theater performance of KATHAKALI )
The Face of the Night Dissolving into the dense Black
The dusk went away slowly and it was time to lit up the lamps inside the house to have the dining.A tin lamp was lit up on to the dining table .Utensils were ready for serving the rustic supper.The lamp was not bright when lit up ,gradually it came brighter as the night grew darker.When the eating was over and the night was dense and darker, the lamp shone brighter enjoying the delightful night…!
The utensils and the vegetables on the tabletop in a December-night
I got these utensils on the tabletop of dining in the late nights of the December last year from my Canon 500D . I had tried here to capture the mood of celebration of the festivity and tones of concentration that radiates the spirits of the chilling night of the month that embarks the end of an year. I believe in this long-duration shot that the late night effects have been caught up in the shot with the stillness of the vegetables placed among the loving tones of dark roses and magenta,
The classical style of dance renders everything in classicism.There is a story of a tribal magician who had practiced charms in the courts of ancient India during the Period of Vedas; he belonged to the southern mountains and lived along with his wife and son.The story originates as an extreme version of the Indian Classic Mahabharatha and has its own performing version in the classical style in Kathakali,the dance drama.This play is quite well-knit for the stage and charming to the audience especially due to its dramatic stage appearance.As it is told,the main characters are the tribal man and his wife.They are called ‘Malayan’and ‘Malayatthy’ respectively;’Malaya stands for the man of the hills and Malayatthy for the woman.I have watched the play many times on the stage and made attempts to paint them in poster colors during my boyhood while getting in touch with the early lessons in painting on paper.
‘Malaya’ and ‘Malayatthy’ (the Man and Woman of the Hills) in my early poster colors of boyhood
The theme had never a fading effect in my theater experience and later on my teenage I was again caught up with the same and expressed it in a more realistic color scheme…but the forms remained almost the same.Then my attempt was to capture the moods of the couple in more natural way in expression maintaining the classic postures of dancing and drama.Although ,I have tried to ornament them with costumes having enough tribal splendor!
my teenage depiction of the couple in duet
The theme was still with me even after a wide gap of years in my youth and multiple experiences both in life and career.At this time ,I had kept away from the places of performances and concentrated only on my job in administration management.Once I thought of painting a subject, the theme resurrected in my sensibility and I decided to paint the couple in a new attire and style of format.Thus, I painted my latest ‘Performers in Duet’ in oil color on canvas…!
my latest rendering of the ‘Malaya’ couple as ‘The Performers in Duet’ in oil colors
A tiresome business of the day ended by a long journey through the coastal road in a March in the past. Temple festivals had already been started around.So when I reached home, I thought of what happens that night in the nearby temples, it was heard that there had a classical dance-drama performance of ‘Kathakali’ ( which literally means the Play enacting legendary tales) that night. My thoughts departed me when the percussions were resonated over the lakes and lands on the ways across the temple, proclaiming the staging of the Play that night! The dusk was finished and I set out to reach over there….the night has fallen over the large field of the temple ; the entry part of that night’s performance had started, at a glance away from the road it was like a splash of golden yellow and orange for a moment when the shutter-button of my Nikon FM10 was released alive.
The Play with the entry of the Almighty is considered as optimistic to have a successful finish of the night-long performances
When the ‘Entry’ was finished by half an hour, there started another session of percussions and singing where each one among the musicians competed with each other so as to have a triumph over the silent night! About an hour later these notes of concerts of curtain raising, the actual Play got a start with the emergence of the main character , especially the hero with the accompaniment of the heroin.Here it was a king and queen in a tale from the Classic, Bharatha, the legend of ancient India. Thus, with the song of praise, the curtain was unveiled before them..(it is conceived that the curtain stands for the universe)
The Play gets the start when the curtain unveils the hero accompanied by his female counterpart
Here the king and queen are young couple having just married and at the thrill of the honeymoon..so they enjoy the spirit of togetherness in high ecstasy in the milieu of the royal garden and sense everything charming and delicious to the body and mind ,adding a heavenly reach to each other through the harmonizing situations and melodies of glorification…all the way they conjure up the beauty of the garden.On the stage, an awesome garden from the ancient times is reincarnated by the performers in the role of the royal couple with the help of expressions mainly on the face, especially the eyes,eyebrows,lips and the entire face filling with the nine sentiments ,and with gestures quite rhythmic and full of harmony encoded by the classical notes in variant points and counter-points emerging out of austere drums and narrative lines in songs .
We see many gardens in many parts of the world in reality but the charm of garden being created here through the bodily expressions as described above develops itself into a full moonlit night as such decorating the honeymoon mood of the royal duet; the overwhelming passion on their faces become quite evident in postures depicting their love and attraction towards each other .
When these narrative session is over, they begin their dwelling in the court as the role model as husband and wife in the might of the kingdom;They start living together….
‘Damayanthi’ ,the queen,expressing the honeymoon spirit
A garden fantasy is recreated on the stage by the steps,gestures, facial expressions and lyrics in a classical dance-drama performance
After a while an element of evilness come across their way and causing innumerable troubles to them and separates them mercilessly with the help of another person in the vicinity of the king who was intolerant with the well being of the majestic pair.This character is the embodiment of evilness in the form of intolerance, personifying lust,anger and arrogance in sensuality. He is called ‘Kali ‘who stands for everything suppressed and subdued in the form of a devil, dark and black in nature.
‘Kali’.the incarnation of intolerance and viciousness
the wild hunter at the queen with a request of love
Thus the queen ‘Damayanthi’ was separated from her king by ‘Kali’, the evil spirit and was deserted by the king himself for the sake of rescue inside a wildest forest far away from the kingdom and ‘Nala’,the king left the kingdom and lost himself in disguise as a horse-man in remote kingdom with another king .
Inside the forest, the young queen was saved from the catch of a huge snake by a wild hunter and as a thanks he approached her for love and living together inside the forest as his wife…anyway it proved to be a test for her to show her loyalty and integrity in love towards the king whom she conceived as everything in life! So when the hunter forced her further for his lust in love,she,with her magical fire of chastity, destroyed the hunter into ashes and saved herself from that crisis!
Thereafter, she met with some virtuous on goers in the forest and managed to reach her people in her homely palace and with great efforts regained her king with their kingdom from the clutches of ‘Kali’ and his instruments of evilness…and begun living again with her own king in more love than ever!
The night of the Performance was almost to end ;now ‘Damayanthi’ ,the queen and the core of the Play faced the lamp on the stage of ‘Kathakali’ with a bow of gratitude to the early stars of the dawn unveiling themselves in the eastern sky!
‘Damayanthi’ the queen with a bow to the lamp on stage