Though Krishna is largely a Central, Western and North Indian
deity, He is as popular in the south as He is in the north.
His stories have captured the hearts of all ages throughout
the country. And His portrayal in art whether it in bronzes
or paintings or stone sculptures, is as enticing throughout
The one common understanding of Krishna is that He was a flautist
par excellence. His flute known as Saumohini, is likened to
the human body with eight openings and His playing the flute
is likened to the Divine blowing the breath of life or Prana
in the human body.
The influence of the music of Krishna’s flute on the
cows of Brindavan and the people was magical. The cows gave
twice as much milk when he played the flute and the women
folk were drawn to its haunting melody as though hypnotized.
In this exquisite bronze, Krishna is shown playing the flute
in an unusual pose known as the Tribhanga, where the body
is bent in three angels. His graceful figure stands in a perfectly
balanced symmetry where as His divine face reflects only a
hint of a smile, making us wonder what is it that He knows
and we do not?
All the classical features are in place like the peacock
feathers and ornamentation. And the tuff of His hair is given
a rather informal treatment, making this unique bronze very