Shirdi Sai Baba – Shanta Rasa
This portrait of Shri Baba has been by far the most time consuming one that I have ever done. I wanted this portrait as my 50th post but just couldnt wait for another 7 more posts. This is my first sketch that I did from a photo. Personally I think this sketch has taken me to the next level, sketching from photographs. To give a personal touch, I wrote my parents name on his ‘jeba maalai’.
For a long time now, I have been thinking how to complete my theme ‘navarasas’ with 2 more rasas to go. With this sketch, I am checking off ‘Shanta rasa’ from my list..Karuna rasa still remains, will take care of that later.
“Shanta is serenity and peace. It represents the state of calm and unruffled repose that is marked simply by the lack of all other rasas. Because all emotions are absent in Shanta there is controversy whether it is a rasa at all. Shanta represents complete harmony between the mind, body and the universe. Sages in India meditate for entire lifetimes to attain this state. In music it is often represented through a steady and slow tempo. Shanta is a clear and cloudless state. It is untroubled steadiness and it is the key to eternity.” —-1
I used 4H, 2B, 4B and 6B pencils in this sketch.