Urmila: The Forgotten Wife

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Size : 44 X 34 in | 111.8 X 86.4 cm
Medium : Acrylic on Canvas
Style : Conceptual
Created in : 2014
Sold by : Artist
Surface : Shipped Rolled unless rolling not possible
Lot No : MA301110
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About Artist

Revati Gangal (born 1981) grew up in Mumbai and earned her Masters in Fine Arts (specialising in portraiture) from the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Art. She currently lives in Pune after spending a few years in Dubai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Besides India, her paintings have been displayed at art galleries across the world’s major cities including Paris, London, Brussels, Dubai, Muscat, Doha and Manama. "My paintings are a reflection of the various phases of my life from being a teenager to adult, from marriage to motherhood, and getting back to being a professional. My subjects deal with the impact of frequent uprootment and unsettlement, challenges of exclusion and rejection, disappointments and disagreements with respect to rediscovering the self. It’s not always the negatives but also the positive experiences of love, affection, compassion, belonging and learning contribute to the expression", says Revati.

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Urmila was Lakshmana's wife and younger sister of Sita from the great Hindu epic 'Ramayana'. She wished to accompany her husband Lakshamana when he was about to leave with Rama and Sita for fourteen years of exile in the forest. But Lakshamana requested her to stay back and take care of her in laws. He also said that he would not be able to take proper care of his brother and sister-in-law due to her responsibility. In the forest when Lakshamana was protecting Rama and Sita day and night, Nidra devi - the goddess of sleep appeared and said that every human being has to sleep according to the law of nature. Lakshamana then requested her to give all his sleep to his wife 'Urmila' on his behalf. Urmila agreed to this and remained a devoted wife for fourteen years. She slept throughout the exile of Rama, Lakshamana and Sita loosing on her youthful years of married life and served her duties. Although she has an important role as Sita and also rises up to a mark of an 'ideal wife', very less people know her as a part of 'Ramayana'. This painting represents all the soft spoken,silent and good nature people who are deprived of the recognition and acknowledgement they deserve due to their down to earth nature.