Roji Satheesh, Manjeri
(An Indian-Keralite writer from Manjeri settled at Ernakulam and a resident of Dubai, UAE.)
When calmness meets curveballs thrown by life
When sculptor, Vineesh Vijayan approached me to discuss the details about his self-production string, Shree Krishna Series, little did I know about the art of sculpting and the space of an artist surrounding his creations. As he conveyed his concept of Nidra Krishna and Narthana Krishna the first and second bronze edition in the series, I understood the mysterious ways through which the Divine want to manifest in this world. Though Nidra Krishna was the first task, the team, ARALI-O had already released the write up on Narthana Krishna followed by a complete profile on the artist and his work.
As Vineesh briefed me up with the process and vivid phases of sculpting, he passionately unveiled the essential theme of Nidra Krishna. He wanted to express a calm baby Krishna lying in a basket. Vineesh saw a potential art in that slice of the Krishna tale where Krishna was immediately transferred to Gokul by his father Vasudev following his son’s birth, facing few real menaces. The emotion that caught this gentleman’s attention was the ocean of calmness on Krishna during the chaos. The task he had to confront was to capture the serenity on a fast asleep Divine Avatar. Nidra Krishna is the birth of that emotion captured by Vineesh from Krishna’s life.
I recall sitting on my chair and staring at the image of Nidra Krishna for long. His eyes closed in a sound sleep, whereas my eyes were wide open, scanning it from tip to toe. Slowly, I closed my eyes to meet Bala-krishna at that plane where he is awake as the supreme consciousness. Soon, I struck a bond with Nidra Krishna and started off our conversation.
I must acknowledge the deep sense of joy and contentment that fill each cell of my body when I write about the Divine, be it Krishna, my beloved Jesus or the Highest Munificent, Benevolent, Merciful Allah or be it any other form created by the Master. For I believe there is nothing in this world, which is devoid of the presence of that Sublime, the Almighty One.
As I delve into the subject, I understand the exquisite sense of an artist, his social responsibility and commitment to persuade his audience to think big upon the subject he is contributing to the world. The artist and his artform have much more to say than what they appear to be. Nidra Krishna put me into a deep well of thoughts, to dwell on the calmness, poise and grace held in high esteem by this figurine and I swam there like a happy little turtle to my soulful content.
Nidra Krishna: Sculpture Profile
Nidra Krishna model is a limited Bronze Edition of size 15.3 cm(L) x 12.5 cm (B) x 8.5 cm(W) weighing 4.5 Kg with a horizontal alignment. This idol crafted with precision, commitment, and utmost devotion display all the attributes of a newborn baby.
The statue of Nidra Krishna is a stout, healthy baby in sound sleep. Vineesh has worked meticulously in bringing the subtle smile of a baby while sleeping, in Nidra Krishna. The chubby glowing cheeks, the profound calmness lit on the face, the forehead as seen neatly fenced by the curly locks of hair in reverence to the opulent charisma of the infant were all diligently worked out by the artist. The peacock feather decked into the hair revealing the unique beauty of the newborn, the napkin covering the baby, the way the legs seem placed, tenderly folded and raised to a medium height are all striking features of Nidra Krishna. Vineesh has done notable work in bringing realism in all these areas.
The folded legs signal to the hope of the infant to be comfortable in the position the baby had remained in the mother’s womb and further the symbolic way of aiming to grow up and rise as life takes the infant through its ride forward.
Further, the peacock feather in the basket is representative of the eternal glory and nobility of the baby and the fortune the new life can bring in. The well-woven basket with a cloth in it was neatly cast to perfection by the sculptor.
Vineesh is stubborn when it comes to delivering perfection. Perfection is the hallmark of his creations. Time and patience have always worked along with him to bring forth flawlessness in his products. Nidra Krishna is a festivity of perfection, dedication and a visual treat to any eyes which can behold the opulent beauty of the murti.
The sculptor was more concerned with the emotion of the personality, and so he built Nidra Krishna with few ornamental embellishments. It was intentional from the sculptor.
The artist revealed, “I have a message for my audience. Ornaments are tangible accessories to bring forth beauty. No doubt about it! However, there are few intangible materials in life which will add eternal beauty. One such factor is being calm. One can be calm when everything in life goes well. What happens when nothing goes one’s way? Can you still be calm? The calmness that flows from one even when entrapped in chaos, it is that asset which makes an individual stand out from the crowd. Very few can emit such stability.” The artist has come up with Nidra Krishna upholding calmness as one of the mantras to follow in life.
Vineesh created Nidra Krishna not only for its aesthetic sense but also with a social commitment to uplift the spirit of his co-fellows on earth. Nidra Krishna reiterates the circumstances surrounding the birth of Krishna and a few guiding principles that will help men in leading their life fearlessly.
Artforms have no religion. It merely finds ways to resources to manifest the various tenets for living a full-fledged life. Artforms are therapeutic too. What has Nidra Krishna to offer you?
Nidra Krishna Offer: Eternal Reminders
Nidra Krishna offers its audience a few reminders to bear in mind. The reminders were filtered from the source of inspiration that Vineesh leaned on for creating Nidra Krishna. A quick exploration into that source would be ideal in this context.
We all know that as per Hindu mythology, Krishna was born as the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born in the Yadava clan to Queen Devaki and King Vasudeva. His maternal uncle, Kamsa, had not only grabbed the throne from his father but also indulged in terrorizing Mother Earth. He had lost his mind in the fervour of his illegal conquests which invited Divine intervention.
To end the reign of evil forces, Lord Vishnu was born as Krishna. Kamsa even attempted to kill his sister Devaki when he learnt that the offspring of his sister would kill him. However, following the request of Vasudeva, he spared the life of his sister on the condition that they would offer their newborn babies to Kamsa. Whenever Devaki gave birth to a baby, Kamsa would mercilessly smash the baby against the wall of the prison cell and kill the new life. The helpless parents lost seven of her babies to Kamsa. Krishna’s birth was inevit