Badrinath Pandit was a Vishnaite priest and astrologer who was a contemporary (and possibly a teacher of) Vyakul. He dedicated his creative practice to paintings of Shaligrams, the sacred stones and fossils found on the bed of Lake Gandaki in Nepal. With their very particular shapes, colours and marks they are venerated for representing the myriad qualities associated with Vishnu and his avatars.
Shaligrams by Badrinath Pandit c.1970
Kalu Ram (c1950- 2008) was an amazingly versatile Jaipur artist who was dedicated to exploring the widest range of Tantric imagery as well as other forms of Indian devotional art (including some astonishing charts of Shaligrams). Magic Markings will present a selection of the artist’s works from wild female goddesses to the purest iconic forms of the Brahmanda, The Cosmic Egg that references the Lingam but also the singular atom from which all creation evolved.