Tripping on Indian Creativity #11

This fortnight's edition of the 6 most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet include six creative avatars of Lord Ganesha.

Roughly speaking, dictionary dot com defines creativity as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the like and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations using the power of imagination.

At Engrave, we worship this ability to create and recreate in India day in and day out and have decided to pay tribute to the artisans and craftspeople that practice this by undertaking a fortnightly pilgrimage to six of the most creative pieces in Indian arts and crafts on the internet and share our discoveries with you.

The idea of this trip is to introduce you to India’s best of what’s out there and inspire you to do the best you can to be more creative, for creativity is a quality the world can do with a lot more of. Welcome.

This week, Ganesh Chaturthi, the massively psychedelic festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh, is here. It is a time when artists in India try the damndest to come up with distinct ways to depict one of the country’s favourite gods.

Here are six creative avatars of Mangal murthi (one of the hundreds of creative names the elephant god is known by) we spotted this week.

1. DELICIOUSLY AVIGHNA

It took Rintu Kalyani Rathod more than 50 kilograms of chocolate, 60 hours of time, and a tremendous amount of love to create this. And here’s what she has to say about it, “Like every year he will stay in this form for five days and then transformed into smiles on the faces of hundreds of underprivileged kids. The Visarjan (immersion) will be in milk and then those children will joyfully consume the chocolate milk as prasad. After all, bappa’s favourite place to reside is inside us, nowhere else.” So well, said, Rintu. We pray that more people will think like you.

2. INTRICATELY OMKARA

The traditional Indian art of Rangoli is a great example of creativity at work daily. And this rich, complex, and gargantuan rendition by Pramod Arvi of the fine art of celebrating Lord Bappa is simply…no, let’s make that intricately mind-blowing.

3. GAJAKARNA GOES RURAL

Recreating the Indian village is not easy. It calls for dedication, an eye for detail, and the ability to bring inanimate objects to life with imagination. Swati Kirve does all this and more in this Ganapati that’s infused with extremely generous helpings of rural India and creativity.

4. THE JAPANESE ART OF GANARAYA

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. See what happens when Origami meets Lord Bhupati via the eyes, hands, and mind of Veena Eshwaran.

5. THRONE FOR VINAYAKA

Thanks to Lord Ekadanta, the famed peacock throne is back in India. Well, okay, not exactly. That said, Priyanda Patil renders this gorgeous throne with such care, flair, and realism, you can’t help but feel that way.

6. QUILLED SIDDHIVINAYAKA

Buddhi is the Sanskrit word for knowledge. Well, it takes a great deal of knowledge, skill, and hard work (all pillars of creativity) to fashion what Vandana Singh has for the beloved Lord Buddhipriya.

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Update: We have compiled the entire series of blog posts on Tripping on Indian Creativity in one place. To read other editions of the series, click here.

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.

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