Friday, September 21, 2018

Bird House Hand Painted-DIY

Birds House!DIY
If you open the window to get in some fresh air and then you hear the chirping of little birds. How melodious it is to hear! I generally enjoy observing these birds. I just love that; listening birds-make different sounds and colourful flowers. Thought of making bird house. Bird houses add not only visual interest to our plantings but provides shelter through all season well.

Bird house gives new life into your garden and keep it alive by offering different opportunities to connect with nature. It is a wonderful way to help birds and you can find new flying feathered friends who will entertain you. It is a new to decorate your balcony and garden and make it attractive as well as beautiful!.
Birdhouses are very easy to make at home and a great DIY activity for you  Wood and MDF boards work best, but you could also use cardboard if it does not rain very much in your area. I Used MDF plywood to make Bird House.
The first step is to find the right template. The internet provides with a host of very complex and beautiful designs. But I decided to make basic bird house pattern..

Once all the pieces are cut, get gluing! Gluing is the easiest way to get all pieces together. You can then later make the structure more stable by nailing or drilling the pieces together.
 The images are pretty self-explanatory.
Make sure you make some arrangements by means of which you can hang the birdhouse. Choose your paint colors and begin painting the front face of the house . Next paint the outside edge of the roof.
Painting the outer surface with some vibrant colours and patterns. They will add a bright pop of colour to your balcony  garden. 
The final step is to paint your design. I used a acrylic paint to paint my simple modern designs
Let dry and you are done! I love two birdhouses look together.
You can build your own birdhouse and decorate it to suit your desires. The birds don’t necessarily care that their home is bright or colorful, but you will be proud to display these lovelies.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Jaya Deva's Ashtapathi/Gita Govinda

Though I didn’t learn music formally but listen to classical songs and Bhajan from my teenage. Sampradaya Bhajana or Dakhshina Bharatha Sampradaya Bhajana is the tradition of Bhajans in India and as the name suggests particularly in South India. It's the collection of Kirtanas and Namavalis in specific order. This is very simple and can be done thought the day and night without any effort or rules. Added to it, if the Naama is uttered with Music (Sruti, Raaga and Thaala), it gives a soothing effect and takes the mind to "layam". It, therefore, makes it easy to get one pointed attention and at the same time, it is more pleasant to the ears that singing or listening to Ashtapadi.

Ashtapadi (Gita Govinda) itself is a very popular Maha-Kavyam, being sung and heard sung for years and holds a prime position. one would have rarely understood the importance and influence of singing/listening to the Ashtapadi.   I found especially interesting  to learn Gita govind until much later, by learning all these songs Though I am able to find the explanation I try to find word to word meaning of the ashtapadi. So I started reading Books about Gita Govinda and Meaning. I refers books of, Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja who translate sankrit to english. Translation and notes by Colin John Holcombe and various books. in upcoming weeks you will find a collection of different renditions and meaning of Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda Ashtapadis.
 The Ashtapadi is a work by Jayadeva, a great devotee of Krishna. It is replete with elements conducive to bhakti rasa—music and dance. It was composed by Jayadeva at the Jagannatha Kshetra of Puri, while his wife, Padmavati, danced to its music.  Both music and dance are among the sixty-four kinds of offerings made to god at the time of pooja or worship. Each of these offerings helps us to invoke the Lord’s karuna or compassion on us. Of these, music and dance have very intense, personal significance. The Lord is of the form of music. The art of dance is a mingling of music with the ambient air
Since it is a song (geetha) about Govinda, it is called the Geethagovinda. Since it is composed in eight padas (in keeping with rhythms of dance), So it is also called the Ashtapadi. Several slokas are added to the songs in the beginning and in the end. Many writers have specified the raga and tala in which these verses are set. Yet others sing these as taught by their gurus. This work has been composed in twelve sargas, bearing the Dvadashakshari mantra (twelve-syllable mantra) of Krishna. The names given by Jayadeva to each of these sargas are also unique and meaningful. They bestow grace upon devotees.
The basis for this work is the 5 chapters 29 to 33 of Srimadbhagavatam (known as Rasapanchadhyaayi) which describe the events leading to the rasaleela, the great dance on the banks of the Yamuna where each gopi thinks that Krishna is with her in Srimadbhagavatam, however, does not specifically talk about a gopi named Radha though Radha is described as the very heart of Krishna in some of the other Puranas. the predominant sentiment is sringara(erotic sentiment) in all its various moods in relation to the divine love between Radha and Krishna. The ecstasy of union,  the agony of separation, the anxious moments of wait for the loved one are all treated with sensitivity and poetic excellence.  The whole work is divided into twelve chapters ( sargas), each chapter containing one or more prabandhas. There are 24 prabandhas each containing couplets grouped into eight called  Ashtapadis, songs with refrain specific to that Ashatapadi.  There are in all 24 Ashtapadis in Gita Govindam. Each Chapter may have one or more slokas in  different metres of Sanskrit poetry interspersed with the Ashtapadis.  It is said that the Poet-devotee Jayadeva would sing the Ashtapadis and his wife Padmavati would dance to the music.  There have been many choreographic works  to enact and present the Ashtapadis  as  a dance drama.
List of Ashtapadis
    1. Pralayapayodijale -Raga-Sowrashtram
    2. Shrutha Kamala - Bhairavi
    3. Lalitha Lavanga - Usaini / Vasantha
    4. Chandana Charcharitha- Pantuvarali
    5. Sanchara - Thodi
    6. Nibhtutha - Kambhoji
    7. Maamiyam - Bhupalam
    8. Nindathi chandanam - Sowrashtram (also Dwijavanthi)
    9. Sthanavini - Bilahari
    10. Vahathi - Anandabhairavi
    11. Rathi sukha - Kedaragowlai
    12. Naatha hare - Dheerasankarabharanam
    13. Kathithasamaye - Ahiri
    14. Smarasamaro - Saranga
    15. Samudhita - Saveri
    16. Anilatarala - Punnagavarali
    17. Rajanijanitha - Arabhi
    18. Harirabhi - Yadukulakamboji
    19. Vadasiyadi - Mukhari
    20. Virachita - Kalyani
    21. Manjutara - Kanta

Saturday, July 7, 2018

My Kerala Mural Painting!

 Last few years I started painting as my hobby. I used to concentrate more on Indian folk arts. especially I used to focus on  Madhubhani, Warli and  pattachitra paintings.. Recently I visited Guruvayoor I was amazed to see Mural paintings in temple walls. It is rich, vibrant bold yet delicate style of painting. Paintings show artistic brilliance as there is acute clarity in form, costumes and expressions. I visited Mural institute nearby  the temple and very much Inspired by the art. I bought two outline sketch canvas to paint.

 Once returned from the trip I go through net and youtube about Kerala mural. What I observed is that, this one is not a mural painting in the strictest sense of the word; its painted on canvas. However, the style, theme and the colours used are very typical of a Kerala mural. When it comes to colours, the mural artists of Kerala traditionally follow the ‘Panchavarna’ principle. Only five colors are used to produce a complete mural and the colors are red, white, yellow, green and black. The paintings are characterized by highly stylized human figures and heavy ornaments. Also, the themes are generally based on Hindu Mythology, though a few based on Buddhist and Christian Mythology can also be found.

After reading blogs and  watching youtube  about Kerala mural I bit confused about colour shading/ mixing colours.The mural is created in a systematic manner.The six stages are Lekhya Karma, Rekha Karma, Varna Karma, Vartana Karma, Lekha Karma and Dvika Karma.An interesting fact about Kerala murals is that the characters portrayed are given colors based on their virtues, like red is for power and wealth, white for mean creatures, green for divinity and black for demons.
  I   tried small pic of Kerala Mural  in canvas but  iam not happy with my work.

For my luck one art student open art studio (Kalakaar art Studio )near to my home. Actually she is a art student and talented in modern arts and she had no idea about Kerala Mural. But she is confident about colour shading. So under her guidance I started My first Kerala Mural. (Her teachings makes me good knowledge about colouring, shading and finishing work. Thank to her Guidance!)It takes minimum 25 days to complete. Per day I used to sit 4 to 5 hrs for painting in class.. It is a time-consuming, extremely satisfying almost meditative process.When I before started  this painting I started chanting Narayaneeyam in home Per day 4 dasakam for 25 days. Iam happy  that I am blessed to paint God's figure.

The sketch for the whole painting is made in the first stage and the second stage is for enhancing these outlines. It is in the third stage of the painting where all the colors are filled, making it look alive. The fourth stage deals with shading and the fifth one deals with final outlines. The last stage is exclusively for giving the painting some finishing touches.
The figures in Kerala murals are highly stylized and rendered with elongated eyes, painted lips, exaggerated eye brows; and, explicit body and hand gestures (mudras). 
 Final outcome of Radha krishna Mural

In this Painting the figures are decorated with elaborate head dresses, exuberant and overflowing ornaments. The expression of the emotions too comes out rather strongly. As compared to these figures, the animals, the birds and the plants drawn in the pictures appear closer to life
The Detailing of the mural painting makes all the difference, for every square inch of the painting, the painstaking work of the artist can seen, the blending of colors, the transition of shades, the play of light and dark and the intricate lines and curves are distinctive to this style. The shading itself is the hallmark of Kerala Mural Painting and even for the novice; it is easy to identify a genuine Kerala Mural Painting by a casual inspection of the shading and detailing.I am very happy that I learnt blending colours, shading and detailing.beacuse second radha krishana pic I Painted alone.This type of paintings are very time consuming but you will cherish the output.I was really excited after completing this work. Got so many good comments
it has made me thrilled because I have found myself most peaceful when I have been closest to creating.  This painting is probably the onset of my creative journey in life and decided to continue this art.Now I Traced krishana, And Saraswathi .Once finished I upload it!
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