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Canvassing God

art-and-culture Updated: Dec 19, 2008 20:28 IST
Garima Sharma
Garima Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Makhan-chor-bal-Krishna

A swanky art gallery in the middle of Vrindavan, wedding sherwanis with Krishna motifs and sufi interiors… religious art is the hot trend this season.

Vrindavan’s Kanhai Golden Art gallery draws patrons from all walks of life. The gallery houses paintings by three generations of the Kanhai family, that has also been awarded the Padmashri twice for their contribution to this particular art form.

The paintings, created by using intricate golden art, only depict the life of Krishna. The smallest frame in the gallery costs at least Rs 3 lakhs. And the gallery sells atleast 4-5 paintings a month.

Religious clothing on the other hand has grown outside the ambit of printed mantras. Sunil Mehra of Study By Janak has a whole line of Krishna

inspired ensembles. He says, “This is my philosophy and that is what I want to reflect in my clothes.”

Therefore, the motifs on his clothes generally depict raas scenes involving Krishna and Radha or Krishna himself. And there is everything from kurtis, sherwanis and stoles to choose from. A nice sherwani from this collection would cost you Rs 1.10 lakhs to start with. The collection, says Mehra, is very popular with his international clientele but is slowly finding flavour with Indians as well.

Mehra also has a dedicated Krishna gallery in his store, where artists make commissioned paintings that customers can pick up.

Experts concur that in times of depression, it is a positive ambience that can see you through things. And interior designer, Manjeet Bhullar, seconds the idea wholeheartedly. Bhullar works specifically on sufi interiors. He says, “When things get tough, one needs to find metaphysical answers to material problems.” That is what, he says, his interiors do.

The sufi element in the decor, he believes, helps counter unnecessary hassles. The theme is fast becoming the look of the season with its emphasis on molten golden and warm chocolate colours. Religion definitely seems to be the statement to make now.