The evil that men perpetrate
Diabolical deeds, disturbing drama
The disrobing of Draupadi
Defaced by Dushasana’s dirty hands
The miracle of the Lord
In the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, Draupadi was the wife of the Pandavas. When the eldest of the brothers wagered and lost all he had in a game of dice, he was urged to bet on his wife. When she too was lost, his evil cousin Dushasana dragged her by her hair and tried to humiliate her in court, whereupon she prayed to Lord Krishna to save her modesty. Legend goes, He made her sari of infinite length to prevent the public outrage.
The red background in my painting is the sheer audacity of and the anger at the act, the white masking tape is her endless sari, the thumbprints are Dushasana’s dirty hands.
Links to some of my older attempts at painting: