Archive for ‘Art & Sculpture’

September 1, 2009

kaliyuga at a traffic signal

by Sarvesh K Tiwari

update: translation added below


दस्यु-प्रपीडिता राजन् काका इव द्विजोत्तमाः
कुराजभिश्च सततं करभार-प्रपीडिताः
धैर्यं त्यक्त्वा महीपाल दारुणे युगसंक्षये
विकर्माणि करिष्यन्ति शूद्राणां परिचारकाः

dasyu-prapIDitA rAjan kAkA iva dvijottamAH
kurAjabhishcha satataM karabhAra-prapIDitAH
dhairyaM tyaktvA mahIpAla dAruNe yugasaMkShaye
vikarmANi kariShyanti shUdrANAM parichArakAH
(bhArata, araNya parvan, 188.61-62)

{O King, the brAhmaNa-s harrassed by the barbarians and (contempted against like) the crows,
Suppressed to no end by bad governments and tortured with burdening taxes,
Shall in that terrible yuga of Destruction finally abandon all their patience, O Monarch,
to take up various occupations unworthy of them and become the servants of the shUdra-s.}

July 16, 2009

5th century nR^isiMha

by Sarvesh K Tiwari


This 5th century sculpture from the outskirts of Jhansi town is probably the oldest intact nR^isiMha image in North India, with some possible exceptions of even older ones in central nepAla.

June 27, 2009


by Sarvesh K Tiwari

Reading bhUShaNa’s words: “moTI bhayI chaNDI binu-choTI ke chabAya sIsa“, we are reminded of why bhUShaNa would specifically think of mentioning chaNDI as growing overweight…


May 23, 2009

Hindus’ delusion – Be like a cow or like gajAshvavR^iShabha

by Sarvesh K Tiwari

Travels have kept us from continuing with the case of Akbar’s U-Turn, which hopefully we shall soon resume. 

In the meanwhile it seems the hindU-dviTa-s will continue to rule and subvert the hindu nation, allowing unmitigated AtAtAyins to resume their centuries-old enterprise.  The self-appointed custodians of so-called hindutva are seen biting dust and licking their wounds.

While none of this came as any surprise to us, and we half-expected exactly this outcome, what is astonishing is to see the foolish Hindu now getting over his disappointment, and after a phase of shock and denial, going back to his old habits.  He seems prepared to learn no lessons, and in his delusion or blindness continues to behave like the docile and sluggish cow that he worships; who tied by the neck and driven to slaughterhouse by the vadhika effortlessly, does not so much as bray leave aside resist if not revolt!

We can only remind the dying Hindu how his brave and manly forefathers saw themselves. This 1st century sculpture from madhya-desha depicts the self-identity of those gallant men, through an intriguing admixture of three most manly creatures they knew from their social life: ashva, gaja and vR^iShabha.  All mixed into an inseparable whole: the Horse, swift, steady and full of vitality; the Elephant, powerful, fearless and invincible; the Bull, full of virility, and of untiring enterprise!


This is how the Hindu of that age saw himself, and more than then, this is how his progeny has to behave today if they desire to at least put up a meaningful front in the ongoing existential battle for survival in the very homeland of their grandfathers.

December 27, 2008

Because Thou lovest the shmashAna…

by Sarvesh K Tiwari

Because Thou lovest the shmashAna,

I have made a shmashAna of my heart

That Thou, Dark One, haunter of the shmashAna,

Mayest dance Thy eternal dance…

Nought else is within my heart, O Mother

Day and night blazes the funeral pyre

The ashes of the dead, strewn all about

I have preserved against Thy coming…

With death-conquering mahAkAla neath Thy feet

Do Thou enter in, dancing Thy rhythmic dance,

That I may behold Thee with closed eyes…

(An old Bengali song, and a 12th c. sculpture in Mewar.)

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