23 Aug 2011

The Palaquin Bearers



Palanquin Bearers - Water Colour on Paper


Lightly, O lightly we bear her along,
She sways like a flower in the wind of our song;
She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream,
She floats like a laugh from the lips of a dream.
Gaily, O gaily we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string.


Softly, O softly we bear her along,
She hangs like a star in the dew of our song;
She springs like a beam on the brow of the tide,
She falls like a tear from the eyes of a bride.
Lightly, O lightly we glide and we sing,
We bear her along like a pearl on a string.
                                           
- Sarojini Naidu (A master piece by the Nightingale of India)

The reference is a black and white ink sketch by Solomon Vedamuthu, a well 
known architect of Chennai. This was done for a Tamil novel 
THILLAIYIL ORU KOLLAIKKAARAN.


Palanquin reminds me of a deep fond memory, I don't know of when though. That's the loveliest way for queens and brides to travel. I wish one day, somebody would be ready to carry me that way ;)

This was a quick painting. I liked the long road, four men and the hour of the sunset. And painting different shades of greens of the trees is always refreshing. 



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