Title: The Untold
Idea: To portray the most disturbing incident and therefore the turning point in the timeless epic Mahabharata-The Vastraharan of Draupadi.
Background: Draupadi was the daughter of Drupad – the king of Panchal, and the wife and queen of the five Pandavas. She was also referred to as the female version of Lord Krishna due to her dark skin tone.
The story is found in the Sabha when Pandavas lost everything in the game of dice with Kauravas. Duryodhana, who was drunk in triumph over his archrivals ordered Dushashan to disrobe Draupadi. She then prayed to Shri Krishna to save her, and he did so by ever-increasing the length of her cloth, preserving her dignity and chastity. This despicable act is known as “Draupadi Vastra Haran”. Lord Krishna is one of the dark skin-toned gods in Hindu Mythology. The meaning of Krishna is black.
Expression: Through this painting, I have captured how a white guy humiliates a black woman by disrobing her and how the dark skin toned character symbolizes Lord Krishna appears to be saving the pride of that woman. It is a moment of truth that raises many questions in each generation.
Message: The karma bites you back. Without worrying about life or the situation, it is the duty of each one of us to protect Dharma. All you have to be is be humane.