Nature and religion have always been a strong influence for sculptor Banasri Khan. And in her latest exhibition titled,Vision,as part of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Horizon series,Khan showcased miniature bronze sculptures,which are inspired by Hindu mythology. For instance,the sculpture Ravana and Frozen are highly influenced by Jesus and Ravana. While Frozen depicts the crucification of Christ,the former combines the images of Christ and Ravana. The attempt was to amalgamate the two religious symbols and show a society which lives in harmony. Ravana,despite a negative image,was a man praised for his honesty and integrity, says Khan.
Besides nature and religion,Khan displays the idea of harmony in her works. In Nature speaks for instance,she shows a lion perched on a giraffe,which suggests unity and peace much like the concept of Yin and Yang,which balances the positive and negative energies.
Along with bronze,glass is an important element used widely in her works. In Chandi,bronze and mirror work are used to depict the killing of Mahisasur by goddess Durga on a boat. Similarly,the figures of Moksha and Owl depict Indias cultural history where the figure of an owl represents knowledge and wealth.
The exhibition is on at ICCR till May 15
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