King Shantanu, the Ruler of the Hastinapur Kingdom, fell in love with a beautiful woman, who agreed to marry him on the condition that Shantanu would never ask her about her actions & if she was ever asked, the marriage would end, which Shantanu readily obliged. Post marriage, they had their 1st son, but to his dismay, she drowned him. He was shaken to the core, but refrained from asking her because of his promise. And this cruel act continued with their next 6 children who were drowned with him being a mute spectator. On the birth of the 8th child, Shantanu gathered enough gumption to accost her with the reason behind such heinous acts of murdering their own children. Ganga finally disclosed that she was Goddess Ganga & thar she was cursed to give birth to the 8 Vasus in the world of mortal humans who had been cursed by Maharishi Vasishtha for stealing his Divine Cow. On hearing these words, Shantanu was heartbroken because he felt cheated & that he would lose both his son & his love. However, Ganga also revealed him that the 8th child also had a boon that he would grow up to be one of the most illustrious men of his era & hence, she promised Shantanu that he would return their 8th child to him, once she completes his education under the tutelage of the best teachers in the Trilok. After that day, Shantanu would come by the river side regularly to get a glimpse of his son only to return disappointed. Years later,he finally found a boy playing on the banks of the river Ganga & his happiness knew no bounds when the boy revealed that he was Devavrata, the son of King Shantanu & Ma Ganga.
Here, I make a humble attempt at illustrating this union between a desperate father lost in solitude & a son brought up away from the mortal world of humans, both of whom always longed of meeting each other.As Ganga finally fulfilled her promise,she was liberated from her curse &she was free to flow on her freewill & sustain all the aquatic life that thrives on her vitality. #art#arts#artistsoninstagram#artistofinstagram#contemporaryart#artists#motherhood#fatherhood#love#feminine#sketch#sketchbook#artist#artgallery#artoftheday#mahabharat#india#hinduism
Recorded the conversation with my Uber driver (Shahbaz Khan) at 3AM . Made a song using that. It’s nothing great but, it’s interesting to hear what a young Uber driver has to say about politics and Modi .
It’s on my soundcloud and YouTube. Let me know whether you like it by sharing and commenting the song otherwise will remove it in a couple of days.