Art Number 3326
Artwork Title Theorama - Vedic
Artist Name M F Husain
Medium Screenprint in 21 colours
Size 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Other details Edition of 140
Price Rs. 150,000 ($2,035.28)
Information M F Husain created a series of paintings titled "Theorama" which portray the essence of different faiths. Two paintings from the series were exhibited at the United Nations headquarters in October 1995 on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. In 1999, Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair adopted the Theorama series as his own pledge for a better and more peaceful world in the new millennium. The Theorama series celebrates the plurality and spiritual unity of human faith. Each artwork from this series draws upon the history and symbols unique to the particular faith with a composition and richness of colours which is signature Husain. Each of the serigraph is limited edition and individually signed (edition size of 140) which is richly printed in multiple colours on archival paper. A certificate of authenticity will be issued for each serigraph purchased. The Vedas are a large body of knowledge texts originating in the ancient Indian subcontinent. Composed by ancient Aryans in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Hindus consider the Vedas to be apauru?eya, which means "not of a man, superhuman" and "impersonal, authorless". Vedas are also called sruti ("what is heard") literature, distinguishing them from other religious texts, which are called sm?ti ("what is remembered"). The Veda, for orthodox Indian theologians, are considered revelations seen by ancient sages after intense meditation, and texts that have been more carefully preserved since ancient times. In the Hindu Epic the Mahabharata, the creation of Vedas is credited to Brahma. The Vedic hymns themselves assert that they were skillfully created by Rishis (sages), after inspired creativity, just as a carpenter builds a chariot. There are four Vedas: the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda. Each Veda has been subclassified into four major text types – the Samhitas (mantras and benedictions), the Aranyakas (text on rituals, ceremonies, sacrifices and symbolic-sacrifices), the Brahmanas (commentaries on rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices), and the Upanishads (texts discussing meditation, philosophy and spiritual knowledge). Some scholars add a fifth category – the Upasanas (worship). ( source : Wikipedia )

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