Mumbai-based artist Bharat Tripathi has been drawing inspiration from Indian mythologies and shlokas recreating them as "religious art" on canvas.
"Ramayana is a story which we all have grown up watching and listening to. I wanted to bring out the mystery behind the Ramayan through these canvasses," Tripathi told IANS.
By making other characters of Ramayan like Mareech as the predominant ones, and making Ram and Sita in the background of the story, unknown stories of this epic can be highlighted, he said.
Through a series of 12 paintings, "Tripathi revisits the scenes of the Ramayana, re-creating in his own idiom its familiar and well loved characters: the dignified but troubled prince Rama, his steadfast and loyal brother Lakshmana...," Ranjit Hoskote said in his curatorial note on the art show.
It was important to stay "sensible" to what an artist creates, Tripathi said, adding that he makes sure his expressions "do not hurt others' religious sentiments".