God is in the detailing

Thanks to Suresh Panchanathan for letting me know of the Hindu article that covers this painting…..I did not know about Harvard professor’s suggestion for visualizing Kanchi pontiffs – very interesting!!

Great job Smt Jayashree!



Jayashree Nimagadda talks of the research and effort that went into her massive painting at the Kanchi Mutt

The Chandramouleeshwara Pooja Hall at the main mantapa of the Kanchi Mutt at Kanchipuram has recently installed a massive painting Sri Kamakoti Vaibhavam by Jayashree Nimagadda displaying the three seers and depicting the Golden period.

“I would consider this a high point of my passion for art. I am donating it to the mutt as a permanent exhibit,” says the city-based artist of the 8 x 7 feet oil painting on canvas that was unveiled by Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamiji last month.

“It took me 10 months to complete this.”

Jayashree was always interested in art. Her penchant for temple and religious art, Tanjore art, Kerala’s Murals and Pancha Varna art resulted in more than 50 paintings in several media.

“Some of were displayed at the Dallas Art exhibition last year.”

Jayashree did her Masters in English Literature from Osmania University in Hyderabad, followed by a teaching stint. When she moved to the U.S. for a few years with her husband Venkat, she had the time and opportunity for introspection. “I have great regard for Raja Ravi Varma and had studied the intricacies of his true-to-life paintings. I wanted to replicate them to learn the minutiae involved in his works. I was bold enough to try out his Shakuntala and Hamsa Damayanthi. Ravi Varma changed the landscape of Indian art and brought in newer terminologies in the understanding of life, divinity and nature. I was inspired by his paintings to pursue this field.”

Jayashree also tried folk themes in oil, pencil sketches and water colours. When a professor at Harvard asked artists to visualise Kanchi pontiffs commemorating the Padayatra of the Paramacharya that she thought about those themes. “The large painting that I completed for the Kanchi Mutt had to be researched thoroughly for a realistic portrayal. There was abundant detailing that had to go into it. I was overwhelmed to see my work displayed at the Mutt. My artistic journey has led me to a new spiritual experience.”

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12 replies

  1. Great and Divine Painting! Great Experience and Blessing to the artiste Mrs. Jayashree. This picture will enter many Pooja rooms! Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya Shankara!

  2. Very very nice…

  3. Sent from Samsung tabletSage of Kanchi wrote:

  4. Excellent. Very nice paintings. Thanks for sharing the great work and can you please post a straight pose of the painting. Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara….

  5. A great job done. congratulations

  6. Ram Ram. The work is incredible. But there are some errors. ( error is human, but here since it affects the process of our srimatam, this needs to be corrected). If not mistaken these can be corrected to make it perfect picture, without deviating the process. I am not making it public, but if the author and Sri. Mahesh are interested, the same can be suggested in private mail. Others who are with srimatam for decades can suggest directly to the author). Please forgive

  7. Very nice painting of Periyavas. You are really blessed Jayashree Nimmagada complete such a brilliant and massive work. As said, lot of details have gone in making the painting.


  8. More than the painting, it is the ardent devotion to the Acharyas that inspires us.

  9. Great she got her Saplyam by doing this painting. God will bless her for this act.

  10. om shree anusha jyothiye potri avarthamm thiruppaadhangale potri potri

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