Glow of Hope or “Woman With the Lamp” ~ Mysore
The painting shows an Indian woman holding a lighted candle in one hand, the other hand covering the light of the candle from the front. The woman is in a simple and traditional Indian saree.
Even though I first saw this painting in 1977 it is one of those images that a camera can never capture and stays forever in your memory.
I just remember walking round the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery of the Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore, very tired after a long day wandering and came into the darkened room where this painting hung, it just seemed to come to life and i stood there transfixed for what seemed like ages, taking in every detail…….. and her hand really seemed to be glowing in the candle’ light.
The woman who is holding the candle is Gita Haldankar, the third daughter of the artist H.L. Haldankar.
The young woman had to stay in the perpetual position for three hours continuously. Furthermore, he made this portrait with watercolours.
H.L. Haldankar used this as his medium because he wanted to show the world that he can make a painting without a single mistake, unlike the oil paint which can be corrected using white paint.
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Very nice really glow of hope
I saw news in loksatta marathi news paper and then next on net .I m very happy and proud of haldankar.really it is a glow of hope for everyone.
The painter of the well known painting is Sawlaram Haldankar or S.L.Haldankar and not as mentioned. Many a time the painting is by mistake attributed to Raja Raviverma.
Yes thats what i wrote in the post 🙂
life full painting
Ahh.. this is a lovely portrait. A brilliant discovery Dave. A hint that I must head out to the south of India from the Himalayas now and explore such wonders there.
Thank you for sharing this one 🙂