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CHENNAI: Moist flooring adorned with rangoli, intricate inscriptions etched on partitions and pillars, clergymen chanting mantras, bells chiming, the perfume of incense stick and camphor wafting via the air, and devotees engrossed in prayers. This looks like a scene proper out of a temple, doesn’t it? However for artist Madhav Subrahmanyam, it’s a reminder of his workspace the place he’s been immersing himself within the inventive strategy of sketching for the previous couple of years.
A scroll down Madhav’s year-old Instagram web page, Chitrasabha, walks us via his curiosity in Indian mythology and temple structure that manifests as deities and collectible figurines in his artworks. “I’ve at all times been inclined to artwork. I grew up listening to tales on spiritual significance narrated by my mom. My hometown, Rajahmundry, has earned its popularity because the powerhouse of tradition in Andhra Pradesh. It was solely pure that having spent my youth in one of many oldest Indian cities allowed me to go to many historic temples and scenic spots. That is how I developed a liking for the topic,” says the techie, for whom work is worship.
“Throughout my preliminary days in Chennai, once I felt homesick, I might go to the age-old temples in Mylapore and Triplicane. I might look ahead to the Margazhi competition to go sabha-hopping; these have been the very best days of my life. Moreover native temples, I’ve extensively travelled round Kumbakonam, Kanyakumari, Srirangam, Tanjore temple and palace, and Madurai,” he shares.
Such is his love for temples that his Instagram web page Chitrasabha is called after a temple, in Courtallam, with the identical title, the place a portray of Lord Nataraja is worshipped. This temple, he tells us, additionally homes wealthy artworks depicting mythological tales as an alternative of idols.
With such fervour for his ardour, it’s not too tough to maintain himself engaged, particularly when the Indian calendar 12 months is full of festivals, giving him loads of alternatives to work on totally different sequence. A few of his cherished works are Navadurga sequence, Tirumala Brahmotsavam sequence, Thirupavai and Thiruvambai sequence and Inktober. “I put up the art work together with an outline of both the deity or temple to teach readers. I’ve been taking over commissioned artworks for folks. What extra do I need than my portray discovering a spot of their puja rooms? I’m at present engaged on capturing micro-expressions in my artwork,” says Madhav, whose portray of Lord Shiva on vilvam leaf and 2021 calendar, depicting gods and goddesses, garnered accolades amongst his followers.
Alongside sketching, his newfound liking for sculpting is obvious in his newest works. The conch of Lord Vishnu, Sudarshana Chakra, Lord Hanuman, goddess Aandal, thinker Adi Shankaracharya, saint Tyagaraja…title it and you’ll discover them in his in depth assortment of chiselled works. He doesn’t plan on taking orders for sculptures simply but, as he’s nonetheless mastering the artwork. As an extension of his current initiatives, Madhav can be engaged on totally different sequence on Ramayana, Panchatantra and Mahabharata. He additionally plans on conducting digital drawing lessons for teenagers on the Balakanda portion of Ramayana.
However what Madhav hopes to realize via his work is the debunking of myths about males and spirituality. “I’m used to listening to folks name me non secular after seeing my artworks. Seeing my sequence on Perumal for Ekadasi, somebody requested if I used to be a Vaishnavite. They refuse to see the work of different gods on my web page. I’m not preachy nor do I’ve favourites. My work is merely out of ardour and the love I’ve for spiritual values. It’s a fantasy to say that males don’t go to temples. There are children like me who take a liking in direction of these rituals and cultural affairs. I’d be completely satisfied if folks appreciated the art work and never perpetuated gender stereotypes,” asserts Madhav. Could the ink by no means dry for Madhav and his tribe!
For particulars, go to @madhavchitra; @chitra_sabha, or name: 9042589845