Thiruppavai (2021) is a visual depiction of the Thiruppavai (Tamil: திருப்பாவை), a set of 30 Tamil devotional hymns praising Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, in Vivek Kumavat style. Thiruppavai was composed by the poet-saint Andal, who later married Vishnu.
The sacred cow— an animal that is associated with Lord Krishna, who grew up as a cowherd is the central figure. The dark blue background, symbolizing Krishna, is also comprised of different icons associated with Andal and Krishna: Andal’s pet parrot and flower garland, Krishna’s flute and peacock feather, the Vaishnavite namam, and many more.
In this painting, I wanted to put a spotlight on Andal, as she is the composer of Thiruppavai, so I decided to depict her in all her splendor as a goddess in the cow’s tail.
NOTE: The watermark in the lower right does not appear in the final print. Aanya is a 12-year-old amateur artist who currently lives in California. Aanya loves school, basketball and the Golden State Warriors, plays the piano and the veena (an Indian stringed instrument), creates DIY projects, and loves to doodle. Aanya’s Art4Earth was born from her desire to protect the planet we call home. All proceeds from this store go towards combating climate change.
March 9th, 2022
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