Indian Jewish Art

This curious painting by Indian Jewish artist Siona Benjamin is called Tikkun Olam. In Jewish teachings, Tikkun Olam is any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created. The pale blue female figure, balancing on a lotus flower, is a portrait of the artist herself. WithContinue reading “Indian Jewish Art”

Contextualising worship for Indian Christians

The following exerts are from Indiginized Christian Worship in India: Some Considerations. Westernised Posture “Another significant aspect that the Indian church lost in worship was the posture of worship. In most Indian religions worshipers sit on a thick mattress spread on the floor. People sit on the floor, with their legs crossed, as an expressionContinue reading “Contextualising worship for Indian Christians”

A visual guide to Shiva symbolism

Shiva is one of the most widely known and revered Hindu gods. In the Hindu mythology, Shiva is the Destroyer, working in concert with Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body,Continue reading “A visual guide to Shiva symbolism”

The Indian Art of Jamini Roy

  Jesus Christ is crucified” by Jamini Roy Jamini Roy (1887-1972) was an influential (non-Christian) Indian artist who forged a style that was both Indian and avant garde, taking crude Kalighat Pat styles as his sources of inspiration. Although I find his art eye catching I can’t help but notice that, as with many non-Christian artists who delve intoContinue reading “The Indian Art of Jamini Roy”

Not Quite Christian Art: Hindu Jesus

An image of Jesus in India by an unknown artist. Whatever its artistic merits I can’t help thinking that art like this is too syncretistic to properly be called Christian. It is one thing to depict Christian stories in Hindu style. It is another to depict Jesus as a Hindu. This strikes me as moreContinue reading “Not Quite Christian Art: Hindu Jesus”

Witnessing through the visual arts

An interesting article on an Indian Christian artist: Jesuit Father Roy Mathew Thottam looks every inch an artist, from goatee beard to cream-colored kurta, the long shirt so beloved of poets and artists in India, and the jeans that complete the picture. Balding and looking older than his 45 years, the priest from Kerala isContinue reading “Witnessing through the visual arts”