Saraswati and the ocean of music
Artwork © Shilpa Shanker Narain
This artwork is a part of the Water's Myth series inspired by mythological imagery and scriptural text where, often, nature and the divine are interwoven. The series evokes inward reflection in its concepts at the same time that it establishes the wide symbolic realm of an early civilization.
In this work, Saraswati (an archetype of the primeval source of all creativity and learning) sits on a rock (symbolic of a strong foundation) immersed in the music she draws out of her instrument. In the background, her pet swan discerns milk from water, separating value from information.
Saraswati stirs the deep waters of the ocean towards her while she plays the veena. Moving in response to her call, the ocean opens up, and from its depths emerges a lotus untouched by the waters to receive the elixir of beauty, art and knowledge (Rasa).