The art forms of India, both visual and literary, have consistently celebrated the beauty of the human body. Unlike in the occidental world, the sensuous and the sacred are not opposed in oriental art. Rather than being conflicting, they are often seen as complimentary concepts that tend to complete each other. Due to this reason, the gods are mostly depicted as superhumanly beautiful, for if the image was not beautiful, the deities could not be persuaded or expected to inhabit the statue.
Similarly, women in our ancient culture were associated not with temptation, but with fertility, abundance and prosperity, with an open embrace of sexuality as the route to divinity.
It is this integral relationship between the sensual and the spiritual in Indian art that has always challenged western ideals and baffled artists and viewers alike.
Join us as we explore the realms of the sensual and the spiritual as portrayed in Indian art at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh.
This guided tour is free.