Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sadhu_the Holy Man of India

In Hinduism, "sadhu" is a common term for a mystic,an ascetic, a Yogi,or wandering monks.The Sanskrit term sādhu ("good man") refers to renounce rs who have chosen to live a life apart from or on the edges of society in order to focus on their own spiritual practice.Usually they live by themselves, on the fringes of society, and spend their days in devotion to their chosen deity.
Some perform magical rituals to make contact with the gods, others practise intense forms of yoga and meditation to increase their spiritual powers and acquire mystical knowledge.Certainly, not all sadhus are enlightened. But believers regard them all as holy anyway, if only because of their radical commitment.

This sketch is based on a wonderful photo of such sadhu taken by my husband on the banks of the Ganga river, Rishikesh.I liked the intense expression on this sadhu's face.His eyes were intelligent, the half smile intriguing,the hair matted-- woven into 'dreadlocks'or "jata",as we call them in Hindi.
I have done nothing more than express it in my own way, what was already there.
You can have a look at the original man here, at my husband's photoblog
16"X12" , graphic pencil on paper


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  2. thank for your visit on my blog, your drawings are very beautiful, and I appreciate your writing! I like this window to another world!
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  3. Good job. You made those dreadlocks look much better than they do in person.

  4. You are a wonderful artist I am going to follow this blog because I have much to learn from you.

  5. Dear Arti,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your art work. Particularly, pencil drawings are lovely. I, too, do it and self-taught. Keep up wonderful work. I look forward to next.
    Kind regards, Sadami

  6. you have done a wonderful job on this Arti. It is a powerful rendering.

  7. Thank you , friends.I value your comments.

  8. Great job. Your work is wonderful.

  9. I love your work. I am also self teaching.

  10. Great B/W drawing of sadhu!
    I would like to ask you if I could use this drawing for promoting Yoga classes for men which I lead. I would use it just for my wordpress/Facebook presentation ( so I do not need printed one.
    I would definitely respect your authorship and quote the source of the picture with a link to your site. Please, let me know, I would respect if it were not possible.
    Regards, Petr, Europe