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Icons recast: Meet the artist respiration life into the Indus Valley – artwork and tradition

Ancient statues from the Indus Valley Civilisation have been reanimated in a brand new collection of artwork works by a younger illustrator from Mumbai, being showcased by the animation studio Vaanarsena.

In the digital recreations by Nikhil Shinde, 28, a 5,000-year-old fertility goddess, a royal priest, a mom goddess and Harappa’s well-known dancing lady come alive. The dancing lady even will get her ft again, and on her ankles are elaborate ghungroos.

“The idea was not to change or modernise any of these characters but to offer accurate, artistic depictions,” says Shinde, an illustrator with an advert company by day.

His reference level was the e-book 5,000 Years of Indian Art by Sushma Bahl, which catalogues Indian artwork by the millennia. He places jewelry the place the jewelry was, poses and expressions stay true to type, ornaments as near the unique items as potential.

“I tried to transport myself to that period, and put myself in the place of the artist,” says Shinde. “I wanted to see what they must have been seeing and draw it in my style.”

This recreation is of the bust of a priest king as depicted in a 4,000-year outdated stone bust from Mohenjo-daro, one of many few stone sculptures discovered across the Indus.
Courtesy: Vaanarsena Studios

But the place the vintage sculptures are timeworn shapes in terracotta, steatite or bronze, Shinde’s items bear the glint and polished end of 21st-century digital artwork. And the place the sculptures had been damaged and broken, Shinde takes the freedom of providing his personal ending touches.

Vaanarsena Studios has posted the collection on Instagram (@vaanarsenastudios), with photographs of Shinde’s reference sculptures from the e-book, and a quick notice on every.

The studio is targeted on telling tales from the traditional literature of the Indian subcontinent and, over three years, has produced brief animated retellings of tales from Indian mythology, beginning with that of the vaanar sena or monkey military that helped Ram rescue Sita from Lanka. There’s additionally a retelling of the story of Durga, the goddess of struggle, and a Stories in Progress collection the place studio founder Vivek Ram works on panels of artwork and narrates the corresponding story.

“We’re building a portfolio with a view to making feature-length animations in the future. The next step is exploring Indian history and finding the stories to tell there,” says Ram, who runs the studio with three different animators and volunteer artists like Shinde. “Shinde’s artwork is an interesting segue into the animation world, where we soon hope to be making animated movies on Indian history.”

In the meantime, Vaanarsena Studios challenged its 61,000-odd followers to re-draw Shinde’s items in their very own types, and have obtained about 40 submissions, starting from pencil sketches and water colors to collages and digital recreations.

What’s subsequent? Figuring out the steps to make the dancing lady, dance.

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