The two dancers gather in an intertwining of limbs at a moment where the conception of the alphabet begins. A script is born. Shiva before becoming Ardanareswara dances as Nataraja or the ruler of dance in a conversation with his consort Parvati in passion, anger and love , with each steps he creates the various scripts of languages, forms of dance and techniques of art forms. Raj Shahani’s ability at the conception of sculpting here reveals his Indian roots. When one admires the dancing Nataraja sculpture in the Meenakshi temple in Madurai one is amazing at the ability of carving the flying limbs in black granite. In his debut exhibition Shahani enacts the role of the classical sculptor India has its heritage inscribed by.
Royal Art Galleries
Claude Monet, Francois Boucher, Peter Olivier