Book Reviews - Rainbows reborn in silence
by Satish Purohit
Light, colour and a fecund imagination led by meditative inspiration lend to the art of Rajendra Mongia an enchanting quality that pierces through one’s conceptual framework and inspires awe. The images in his frames float like ghosts of light and appear to communicate luminous, mystic realities that are too deep for mere words. Hidden and often revealed in the sometimes graceful, sometimes jagged, swirl of lines is the light that is hinted at in metaphor, in poetry and in the all-baring stillness of meditation. While Mongia has been painting for a while, the two books being reviewed here are a first in that they allow one to get a sense of the drift and energy of a wide representative sample of his work in book form. Much of the work is New Age in it its departure from established ‘rules’ of spiritual iconography though Mongia does use the Om and the altar-like images in his work. The images/icons appear either as if they are being born from the sea of primeval energy expressing itself through form or dissolving in the stuff of their being – energy. On the cover of Shakti Renderings is one such form. It is a Shiva or Christlike figure in appearance with a five-pronged shool flaming in its background. It is clear that the forms inhabiting the frames have emerged from the ground in which they are present. They are, in fact, made of the stuff that the ground is made up of and are, in fact, its essence. The artworks, meant to be gateways to visual meditation, are all strangely alive with a raw energy. They breathe, they communicate and probably transform too, as the author in the foreword says they are meant to. Two books that should be of interest to art lovers, spiritual aspirants and students of spiritual iconography.
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