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The Forsaken

Anju Rajan

Radha and Krishna’s love has been the embodiment of divine and eternal love and has inspired numerous art and literary works. Nevertheless, the cynical side of me always questions if what they called Divine love was actually unbalanced...maybe an illusion.

Radha’s story has always been elusive. She is not mentioned in any of the major texts like Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana, Shrimad Bhagavatam, or Harivansha. Radha was married to Ayan but she was completely devoted to Krishna who was younger than her. If they were brave enough to not conform to social norms, why then didn’t Krishna marry Radha? According to folklore, Radha asked Krishna why he wouldn’t marry her and he said, “ You and I are one soul. How can I marry myself? “

I wonder if this was more of a tragedy than a love story. When Krishna leaves, Radha does not take her eyes off his chariot till it disappears into the horizon, and then she faints. Radha and Krishna never meet again and she lives her life a lost soul and eventually dies of heartbreak.

The artwork shows Krishna as a golden shimmer...an illusion...a fantasy...a memory that Radha holds on to. I started this artwork last year and I wanted to draw her alone but after the 4th failed attempt, I felt maybe she wanted to be drawn with him. I have always been mesmerized by Radha. Her love was selfless and unconditional without expecting reciprocity. It was not bound by codes of social morality and by what was right and wrong. It was pure, spiritual, and eternal, and probably the reason she is considered the Divine Feminine.

This is a fine art mixed media painting on Canvas. 

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