The ever youthful and charming Lord Krishna was loved by all
and was the desired husband of all the unmarried gopis of Vrindavan. They used
to worship Goddess Durga for Lord Krishna to be their husband, and to fulfil
this innate desire of the gopis Lord Krishna once played a trick on them. Every
morning all the gopis used to go to the Yamuna bank to bathe and cleanse
themselves and kept their clothes on a side. Lord Krishna on finding the right
moment stole all the gopi’s clothes and jumped on a tree. As the gopis were
already attracted by the Lord’s charm, so they weren’t angry on him and
peacefully urged Krishna to return their clothes, but with a smiling face Krishna
asked them to come out of water in their real beauty and take their clothes,
which gopis had to do. Thus, by seeing the gopis naked, Lord Krishna fulfilled
their desire of him being their husband.
Rabi Behera has beautifully painted this episode of Lord
Krishna’s leela using water colors on the gauze like fine cotton canvas. The
colorful interplay of this pattachitra art makes it an appealing painting that
can be hung on any bright colored wall. All the figurines are beautifully
jewelled with Lord Krishna adorned in a yellow-orange designer dhoti that
contrasts gracefully with his blue plumage. The entire painting is flourished
with green trees and bushes having tiny multicolored flowers blooming on them.
Pattachitra is marked by the depiction of mythological
themes and a beauty of flora and fauna, which Rabi Behera has justifiably done.
The beauty of every individual’s expression is symbolic of their innate joyous,
loving, shy and naughty natures at that point of time. The appealing floral
border painted in similar color shades of the main field gives a rich and
complete look to this Patta art.
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