Sentinels in the Sands

From Mahabalipuram, India – Dispatch 1 of 3

 

I watched the waves lashing adamantly on the rocks, the hushing foam sweeping the sands. I stood by the Shore Temple, an ancient structure lost in time.

An hour’s palm-fringed drive along the road from Chennai in South India sprawls this once-flourishing sea-port – domain of the mythological vain king Bali, who was humbled by Vishnu, the Protector god of the Hindu pantheon.

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Mamallapuram, as it is popularly known, was once the kingdom of the Great Wrestler or Mamalla, King Narasimhavarman I (630 A.D -668 A.D) who had built the earliest of its monuments.

After a few sketches and photographs with my ancient black-and-white Rolleiflex, I proceeded to prepare my own scratchboard with gesso on hardboard with several coats of diluted black ink.

It was 1986 – one of my earliest pieces of such engraved art.

 

 

– Check out www.kvkrishnan.com to get more insights into my new book Rambles into Sacred Realms: Exploring Divinity through Pen and Paint, where I invite readers to experience such adventure, humor and imagery illustrating my travels.

 

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