Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ganga Aarti - Homage to the Ganges

Original Oil on Canvas
Photo ref Yusuke Kawasaki 

One of my most beautiful memories is the "Ganga Aarti" in Varanasi - a homage paid to the river Ganges after sundown. In a flamboyant ceremony priests walk down the river bank holding large oil lamps and offering prayers. For a few minutes, the chants drown the sound of the mighty river. Bundled in a shawl I would sit on the stone steps with a cup of chai watching the ceremonial procession go by. Gazing at the leaping flames through the haze of incense smoke and evening fog, I was always overwhelmed by the sheer grandeur of the ceremony. I would love to go back to the 'Ghats' of the city to capture its soul in my art. Here is my very first attempt to relive memories from my childhood.


  1. Thank you Sharad. I checked out your digital is brilliant:)

  2. This one is great ...i love the perspective...:)