An encroachment beyond wonted limits

What came into view, was an initiation of an off-the cuff, unbridled activity of spontaneity. Whilst an unbridled overflow in ideas, certainly varied in degrees of abstraction, it also integrated the thought and action dichotomy.IMG_3766Above: Paramesh Jolad’s intervention on the waterfall scene with kindred ties.
Below: Yash Bhandari’s contrivance around geechugalus working at the site.

Narasimha is often visualised as having a human torso and lower body, with a lion face and claws.
On this mural, Abhijeet Rao wanted to show a cat juxtaposed with the narasimha; divulging in a light hearted humor with the cat chasing mice with its claw, depicting the typical feline behaviour.
Also in the picture to the right: Diya Pinto’s elephant hands.

An encounter on the battlefield between Lord Krishna and Bhishma was not the hostile clash of enemies that it appears to be. On the contrary, it was the reciprocation of the deepest love between the Lord and one of His great devotees. Bhishma solely watched the Lord rushing toward him, preparing to kill him with a hurl of the wheel, and he was filled with ecstasy.

Over here on the Lord Krishna and Bhishma in the battlefield scene, cropped up a collaboratory contrivance by Osheen Gupta and Abhijeet Rao.
Male grooming is seen at tangents from the hypermasculine normalisations and often viewed as a taboo subject.

Hypermasculinity was a recurrent theme in Mahabharata scenes where in the battlefield, a character named Shikhandi appears who was born as a girl child and attains sex change later in his life. In the battle of Kurukshetra, Bhishma recognises him as Amba reborn, and not wanting to fight a “woman” (or an actual woman, depending on the version), avoiding battling Shikhandi due to his effeminate looks that rendered him as an ‘emasculate’ opponent.

Societal norms of manhood accept anything “rugged,” “natural,” and “tough” while rejecting anything remotely “feminine,” which is considered emasculating for men and damaging to masculinity as a whole.
Over the years, men have become more proactive in using “hair coloring for beards and hair, and mascara for their edges,” as well as getting “manicures and pedicures.” For that reason terms such as metrosexual, guyliner, and manscara have been created as a way to indulge in male beauty while attempting to avoid the stigma and discrimination that follow men who appreciate makeup and grooming.
This was hence, a take off towards normalizing the views of beauty standards for men. 


Published by geechugalus

Collective of artists currently making murals at Dhanwantri road, Bengaluru.

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