Posted on updated June 20, 2021Awakening Shakti, Illustrated by Ekabhumi, Out This February Intricate illustrations of Hindu goddesses by OESA’s Ekabhumi will appear Sally Kempton’s upcoming book, Awakening Shakti, from Sounds True Press. Available nation-wide in February, 2013. Saraswati [detail]. This goddess is patroness of creativity, art, learning and mantras. In accordance with tradition, she is shown astride a swan and playing the veena. Kali dancing [detail]. Ekabhumi notes that he is “depicting her with the type of sword I saw in Kerala, which I think looks awesome, scary, and flame-like.” Preliminary drawing of Dhumavati [detail]. She is the primordial darkness, the original chaos underlying creation, silence itself. Durga killing Shumbha and Nishumbha [detail]. This version is unusual in that she is depicted killing two demons at the same time. Krishna and Radha [detail]. In Ekabhumi’s drawing the figures are intertwined to make it difficult to tell who is holding the flute! Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and Skanda [detail]. With the children seated on their parents’ laps the composition is more cohesive and gives a sense of a sense of familial intimacy. Vishnu, Brahma and Lakshmi [detail]. In this cosmology, before the manifest universe takes form, Vishnu slumbers.
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