The canvas painting of Menaka and Shakuntala captures a poignant moment in Indian mythology. Menaka, a celestial maiden, is depicted cradling her daughter Shakuntala in her arms as they ascend to the heavens.
In Sanskrit literature, Shakuntala’s story – known as the “Abhijñānaśākuntalam” – tells of her romance with King Dushyanta and their eventual separation due to a curse. The heartbreaking scene depicted in the painting captures the moment when Menaka takes her heartbroken daughter away from earthly disappointments and back to their celestial home.
Each stroke of the brush transports viewers to an otherworldly realm, allowing us to sympathize with Shakuntala’s struggles and ultimately feel uplifted by her reunion with her divine family. This painting masterfully captures both the sorrows and joys of human existence, making it a timeless work of art that continues to move and inspire viewers today.