78 in X 45 in
Oil Paint on Canvas
Mr. Dinesh Shambhu Baukhandi
Mahajanaka Jataka:Cave no 1
Broadly the panel is divided in following acts.
Act One: King Mahaa-janaka in Dilemma: The newly wed king is dissatisfied with the pompous life. The bejewelled king does not look at princes Shivali, but has a wild and vacant look. His right hand suggests despair. The queen attempts to captivate him with all her charm. Queen, dressed in ‘nakedness’, leans against the king. Every line of her figure expresses her attitude of passionate yield. The Court maids are looking at the couple. Their looks invite the attention the pathetic king. Variation in poses and the varieties of textiles are worth noting. A dwarf in attendance sitting on the ground.
Act Two: Dancing Scene: The musicians, like the dancer, show great dynamism and movement. The dancer strikes a graceful pose, her hands a mudra. She wears a long jacket and a close-fitting blouse. Her striped skirt is loose and long. Her ring set with a small mirror, the ear-rings of elaborate design. Her head-dress of strings of gold beads or pearls. Her plaits entwined with flowers. The Dancer the palatial surroundings and decorations, accompaniment of a host of musical instruments, fantastic garments and elaborate ornaments all successfully contributed to a spectacular dance scene.
Act Three: King Mahajanaka Leaving The Palace Gate: Kings seeks advice and the queen was not successful in her attempt in holding back the king. Maha janaka’s mental turmoil has not ceased. King Mahaa-janaka goes out through the Palace-gate on an Elephant back to Himavali Hills to seek advice from an ascetic.