The present exhibition is exclusively centered around Lord Krishna, his life and certain divine activities termed as Lilas. The exhibition exposes Krishna both as man and as a god. It is very difficult to separate the human aspect of his life from the divine. He is a grand mystery .

The yogis considered him to be absolute truth. The gopis (Cowherd girls) take him as the highest object of love; warriors take him as an ideal hero. Kamsa considers him as an object of fear. As a child Krishna apperars as a wonderful child, an object of love to all and as a youth, he was physically most perfect and beautiful. As an intellectual, he was, the embodiment Vedic scholarship. As a profound yogi, he is called Yogesvara. As a friend, he is never failing, as a teacher, most eloquent, as a statesman, most shrewd and as a house holder, most ideal. These varied aspects of his character find colourful portrayal in this exhibition.

The life of Krishna has been a source of perennial inspirationpoets and the artists. The great epic Mahabharata, the Harivamsa and the Puranas (Visnu, Bhagavata, Padma, Agni, Brahmavaivarta etc.) describe the cosmic character of the Lord Krishna. Poets like Jaydeva, Vidyapati, Chandidas glorified the Lord in their poems. Asta-chhap poets like Vallabhacharya, Surdas, Krishnadas and also Raskhan and Meera wrote devotional poems and songs on him.

Painters belonging Apabhramsa School, Malwa and Early Rajasthani School, later Schools of Rajasthan such as Mewar, Bundi, Kota, Bikaner, Nathadvara and painters of Pahari Schools such as Basohli, Mankot, Nurpur, Guler, Kangra, Garhwal and even certain modern painters tried in their humble way and in their respective characteristics to paint lord Krishna. When Lord Krishna appears as a youth, he is adorned with a flute in his hand (Vamsi vibhusita karan), whose hue is similar to the fresh laden cloud (nava - nirada bhat ), attired in yellow silk (pitambarad), with lips crimson like the ripe vimba (aruna vimba phala dharosthat) and having a charming face like the full moon (purnendu sundara mukhad) and his eyes look pleasant like the lotus (aravinda netrat). The paintings in this exhibition span between 16th and 20th century reflect the continuity of countless devotees desireless and attributeless love for Lord Krishna.

 
Krishna Kills Aghasur, Guler-Kangra, ca 1760-90 A.D.    
 
Krisnna Playing Holi, Guler-Kangra, ca 1775 A.D.    
   
Krishna Drinks the Forest Fire Mewar, ca 1770 A.D.    
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