God and Goddess on Earth

Ragini Upadhyay Grela


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Signed and Dated in English
Acrylic on canvas

Ragini Upadhyay’s playful painting presents the blend of tradition and modernity to respond the contemporary context of Covid-19 pandemic. Traditionally, the divinities like Lord Shiva and Parvati are considered to rescue the suffering and troubled human beings but at present, doctors and nurses have the power to save life. The divinities were decked with the attributes like lotus, conch shell, mace and wheel but the doctors have oxygen, vaccine, thermometer, oximeter and stethoscope, and play the roles of divinity to save life.

Ragini Upadhyay Grela

Ragini Upadhyay renders religious tolerance, and the space of women in Nepali society, and revolts against political violence through her inter-textual and inter-generic art forms. She depicts social unrest and degeneration, and looks forward to the peace and stability. Some of her graphic works have been inspired by the teachings and philosophy of Lord Buddha. They reveal a yearning for peace and compassion. Ragini endeavors to promote the importance of cultural and religious tolerance and appeal for peace.
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