Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
Indira Gandhi Airport
Even In the airport the magnificence of India is on display. There is some beautiful public art gracing the main terminal.
“Regal Processions in India are symbolic of grandeur, pomp and festivity. Regal processions were carries out at celebrations, victories, weddings, and religious festivals. Generally lead by provincial rulers in full regalia, riding on gaily festooned elephants and accompanied by their retinue of courtiers, ministers, musicians and warriors on horses, these processions were a declaration of splendor and also at times a show of strength. Notable among these being the regal procession of Rajasthan and Mysore which are still held annually with their traditional pageantry.
The Gangaur Festival Processions of Jaipur and Ashwa Poojan Processions of Udaipur, in Rajasthan have also retained their traditional charms. These processions include cannons, decorated horse drawn carriages, elephants, horses and camels. A number of musicians and folk dancers also accompany the procession. The events are widely attended by locals and tourists.
The artwork has been created with the help of skilled sculptors to evoke the nuances of the iconic processions.”
The Surya Namaskar
“Surya Namaskar, a series of yogic postures means salutation to the sun. It finds it roots in the worship of Surya, the Sun God. This sequence of activities and poses can be practiced as a physical exercise or a complete “sadhana” which incorporates exercise postures, breathing exercises, and deep meditation. A complete sequence of these poses (known as ‘asanas’) is complete with two sets of twelve postures comprising of forward and back stretch of the spine.
The Surya Namaskar holds equal benefits for the body and the intellect. Its practice results in a shapely and strong body encompassing a sharp and focused mind. Working out the routine at dawn, with controlled breathing, uplifts the mood and provides an invigorating start for the day. This alleviation of anxiety and stress grants a clear mind that is capable of concentration and meditation which is the ultimate path to creating complete harmony of spirit and body”
Along the Way
Panchla Siddha, India
Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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Shri Jasnath Asan