• Self-portrait by The Mother

    Self-portrait

Is it possible for a Yogi to become an artist or can an artist be a Yogi? What is the relation of Art to Yoga?

The two are not as antagonistic as you seem to think. There is nothing to prevent a Yogi from being an artist and an artist from being an Yogi. But when you are in Yoga, there is a profound change in the value of things, of Art as of everything else; you begin to look at Art from a very different standpoint. It is no longer the one supreme all-engrossing thing for you, no longer an end in itself. Art is a means, not an end; it is a means of expression. And the artist then ceases too to believe that the whole world turns round what he is doing or that his work is the most important thing that has ever been done. His personality counts no longer; he is an agent, a channel, his art a means of expressing his relations with the Divine. He uses it for that purpose as he might have used any other means that were part of the powers of his nature.


The Mother as an Artist 

  • "Mahaprayan (Haridas)" - Ajoy Kumar Ghosh
    Mixed Media on Paper, 19" x 17"   
  • "Under The Blue Banyan" - Amal Nath Chakladar
    Soft Dry Pastel, 20" x 29"   
  • "Two In One" - Amit Sarkar
    Pen & Ink, 10" x 7"   
  • "A Warrior - An Infantry" - Asish Kumar Paul
    Wood & Bronze, 18" x 7"   
  • "Suhasini" - Atin Basak
    Tempera on Acid Free Board, 20" x 16"   
  • "Face" - Bipin Behari Goswami
    Bronze, 6 " x 7"   
  • "Bahubali" - Biswajit Saha
    Soft Pastel on Paper, 22" x 15"   
  • "Untitled (5)" - Bratin Khan
    Tempera on Canvas, 24" x 30"   
  • "Untitled (7)" - Chandra Bhattacharjee
    Acrylic, 24" x 18"   
  • "Superimposed Realities" - Chhatrapati Dutta
    Photograph & Cg, 13" x 20"   
  • "Ramkinkar" - Debabrata Chakrabarti
    Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 36"   
  • "Man, Woman and Lotus" - Dipak Banerjee
    Etching, 10" x 14"   
  • "The Ferry Ghat" - Gautam Basu
    Tempara, 20" x 20"   
  • "Untitled (9)" - Hiran Mitra
    Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 8"   
  • "Bhalobasi" - Iffat Ara Dewan
    Chalk and Pastel, 25" x 19"   
  • "Rabindranath" - Jogen Chowdhury
    Serigraph, 15" x 10"   
  • "Natir Puja" - Krishna Bandopadhyay
    Tempara, 23" x 16"   
  • "The Crane" - Manoj Dutta
    Tempara on Paper, 15" x 11"   
  • "Shikkha Sanhar" - Niranjan Pradhan
    Bronze, 16" x 12"   
  • "Biraha" - Nitya Kundu
    Tempara on Cloth, 26" x 22"   
  • "The Lady (2)" - Partha Pratim Deb
    Ink on Acid Free Paper, 40" x 26"   
  • "Last Tune" - Pradip Maitra
    Water Colour, 22" x 30"   
  • "Horizon" - Pradip Rakshit
    Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 30"   
  • "Face (2)" - Prasenjit Sengupta
    Acrylic on Canvas, 19" x 20"   
  • "Face (11)" - Rabin Mondal
    Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 16" x 20"   
  • "Waterfalls" - Ramananda Bandopadhyay
    Tempara, 5 " x 4"   
  • "Stillife" - Samir Aich
    Acrylic on Canvas, 6 " x 9"   
  • "The Warrior" - Sanatan Dinda
    Charcoal on Canvas & Rice Paper, 48" x 48"   
  • "Dawn-14" - Sohini Dhar
    Mixed Media, 7 " x 7"   
  • "Vase" - Soumitra Kar
    Tempara, 5 " x 8"   
  • "Ganesh Janani-VII" - Stuti Laha
    Wash on Cloth, 22" x 13"   
  • "Sound of Silence" - Sudip Banerjee
    Dry Pastel on Paper, 20" x 26"   
  • "Radha (8)" - Suhas Roy
    Oil & Pastel on Canvas, 20" x 20"   
  • "Performance" - Sukti Subhra Pradhan
    Gouache, 19" x 14"   
  • "Golden Sun" - Sunil De
    Acrylic on Canvas, 20" x 30"   
  • "A Crane and Judhistir of Mahabharata" - Tapas Konar
    Acrylic on Handmade Paper, 11" x 15"   
  • "Jesus Christ" - Wasim Kapoor
    Conte on Canvas, 10" x 10"   
 


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