Bharat Mata, Abanindranath Tagore, 1905.
Notice that the mother figure here is shown as dispensing learning, food and clothing. The mala in one hand emphasises her ascetic quality. Abanindranath Tagore, like Ravi Varma before him, tried to develop a style ofpainting that could be seen as truly Indian.
This figure of Bharat Mata is a contrast to the one painted by Abanindranath Tagore. Here she is shown with a trishuI, standing beside a lion and an elephant - both symbols of power and authority. Look at figures 1 and 2. Do you think these images will appeal to all castes and communities? Explain your views briefly.
The above given picture may suit most of the castes and communities, but the ideology of some castes and communities may also be different because India is a country with social, cultural, and religious diversity.
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