As early as the sixteenth century, the Ramayana is revealed through the eyes of two women with contrasting backgrounds, Molla – a potter’s daughter from Andhra Pradesh, and Chandrabati – a Brahmin’s daughter from Bengal. Through Molla’s lens, one can view gory, battlefield scenes, while Chandrabati’s focal point rests on the pregnancies of the key female characters, and also on how the heroine rather than the hero, is destined to destroy the villain ( in the Artwork “Female Gaze”). Sita is, in fact, given a more heroic character, originally in a Tamil folktale, and later in Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas. Thus, when the villain – Ravana is killed by Rama, yet another demon appears with a hundred heads or even a thousand – ‘Mahiravan’, and it is the heroine (Sita) who slays this new and greater villain (in the Artwork “Mahiravan Badh”).
About the Artist
Natasha Sarkar: ‘I have a wealth of stories to tell, and I choose to share them through the medium of art. Most people connect with visuals a lot more than they do with words, and this reality emboldens me to share varied perspectives on diverse subjects. If I were to see things as they really are, I’d cease to be an artist. The joy in crafting an experience that is both original and yet representative of the times is what I aim for through my creations.’