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Manasha (The Goddess of Serpents) by Snehendu Kar

October 2019 - Manasha (The Goddess of Serpents)

About the Image(s)

This collage is made of segments of four images of (1) the torso of a model, (2) a live python {borrowed from a street entertainer on the Santa Monica (CA) beach} wrapped around the neck of the model, ( 3 ) the face of my favorite niece, and (4) a distorted chrysanthemum flower. The collage is made with PHotoshop. The image is inspired by the description of Goddess Manasha in Hindu mythology(see below). A sect of Indian Gypsies (Roma) calls themselves "Sapureys" are traditional snake charmers.
Manasa, goddess of snakes, worshipped mainly in Bengal and other parts of northeastern India, chiefly for the prevention and cure of snakebite and also for fertility and general prosperity. As the protector of children, she is often identified with the goddess Shashti (“the Sixth”; worshipped on the sixth day after birth). The written texts that contain her myth, the Manasa-mangals, date from the 16th“17th century but are probably based on an earlier oral tradition. She is also celebrated in a variety of songs, dances, and dramas in the villages. Manasa may be related to the nagas, legendary half-human, half-cobra figures in India.

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7 comments posted

Alastair Cochrane   Alastair Cochrane
The format, construction and colours are superb. A wonderful piece of your artwork well worth the time you've spent creating it.   Posted: 10/21/2019 13:05:11

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
What a super creation......lots of elements combined ever so well. Maybe clone out the red undergarment?   Posted: 10/21/2019 13:15:00
Snehendu Kar   Snehendu Kar
Dear Mark
Thanks for your encouragement and suggestion.I agree with you and have
followed your suggestion in my master
copy of the image.
Snehendu   Posted: 10/23/2019 13:37:47

Gloria Sprung   Gloria Sprung
(Group 58)
Snehendu, your composition is seamless, and looks like one image. Thanks for the explanation of how you composited the image - especially like the idea of using the chrysanthemum as the wings. Keep up the good work!   Posted: 10/23/2019 05:18:50

Marcus Miller   Marcus Miller
This is a very clever image with eye catching elements on every layer. The PS work is seamless and the viewer only can focus on the result. I feel you have paid a wonderful tribute to your niece.   Posted: 10/23/2019 07:47:18
Snehendu Kar   Snehendu Kar
Hi Marcus:
Thanks..... you are right! She is very happy ....... that made it more than worthwhile for me.
  Posted: 10/24/2019 19:52:42

N. Sukumar   N. Sukumar
It is a nice portrait and a wonderful composite. I agree that the magenta colored bra distracts. But thank you (&Photoshop) for not subjecting your niece to the ordeal of holding a live python in the service of art!   Posted: 10/26/2019 13:16:19