Rama and Sita

rama-and-sita

My portrayal of Rama and Sita, the leading man and lady from the Hindu epic known as the Ramayana. When I was an expat kid growing up in Singapore, every October or so our school would celebrate the holiday of Diwali by telling us their story. And boy, did we enjoy it.

Traditionally Rama is considered an avatar (incarnation) of the Hindu god Vishnu, hence why he’s always portrayed as blue-skinned. Although my portrayal of him is of course more humanized and naturalistic, the blue face paint I gave him is supposed to be an allusion to his conventional depictions. Also, I wanted to represent both Rama and Sita as resembling the dark-skinned aboriginal inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent, whose civilization predated the arrival of the lighter-skinned Aryan tribes from Central Eurasia.

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