Of Sense and Spirituality

 
Manjari depicts Goddess Laxmi from the Darshan series. Photograph/Manjari Sharma

Manjari depicts Goddess Laxmi from the Darshan series. Photograph/Manjari Sharma

This story was originally published in December 2011.

“Photography can evoke a strong spiritual response as well.”—Manjari Sharma

“Photography can evoke a strong spiritual response as well.”—Manjari Sharma

New York-based photographer Manjari Sharma is currently busy with a project titled Darshan. The project in collaboration with Bhartiya Vidya Peeth and Kickstarter, aims to photographically recreate nine classical images of Gods and Goddesses that hold importance in Hindu mythology. The mythological characters include Laxmi, Vishnu, Durga, Shiva, Saraswati, Brahma, Ganesh, Hanuman and Kali. Speaking about this project, Manjari said,“Darshan is my attempt to show that photographs too can evoke a strong spiritual response.
“She explains that to create the image in its entirety, extensive research needs to be done and every detail has to be carefully studied.“This included the colours to be used, the attire of the deities, sketching and construction of the set and the model who has to portray the deity.” Along with this, a team consisting of set and prop builders, makeup artists, art directors, painters and jewellery experts work on creating the subtle details of the image that are important.
Out of the nine images Manjari wishes to create, five have already been completed. “Since recreating these images requires financial backing, my next step is to raise some funds for the project and by next year, I aim to complete the remaining four photos.

— Written by Chandni Gajria

 

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