“Abhisarika” Poster

108,00 208,00 

Rasa Renaissance Poster based on original painting “Abhisarika” by Artist Mumbiram

with Sanskrit Verse in Devanagari Script and its tranlsation by the artist

Collector’s item individually signed by Artist Mumbiram


Rasa Renaissance Poster based on original painting “Abhisarika” by Artist Mumbiram

Caption on the Poster:
Sanskrit Verse in Devanagari Script and its translation by Artist Mumbiram:

स्निग्धाङ्गकान्तिरथ गर्वधरोऽत्यभीतो विश्रम्भवान् स्वपिति किं गणयेदसौ तान् ।
कण्ठीरवः शुन इवाभिभवन् सरागस्तेष्वेव राजतितमां तमसीव दीपः ॥

“Love glows with a Beautiful Complexion, it is Proud, it is Fearless, it is in Perfect Repose. Just as a Lion totally ignores a Pack of Dogs and casually naps in the midst of them, so Love takes no account of difficulties on its path. Indeed it radiates gloriously in the midst of them even as a Lamp in the midst of Deep Darkness.”

(Jewel-Box of Highest Secrets of True Love, Vol.III High Five of Love)


  • High Quality Print (semi gloss paper, 195g/m2)
  • Available in 3 Sizes:
    A2 (42x59cm)
    A1 (59x84cm)
    A0 (84x118cm)

This is a collector’s item and you will get your Rasa Poster individually signed by Artist Mumbiram.

Rasa Appreciation of original Abhisarika Painting


“Abhisarika Kusum with a Paint Brush”

(Opaque water-colour, gold leaf; 22’’ x 30’’; 1986, Mumbiram)

Classical Rasa Theory of critical appreciation of art and literature recognizes eight moods of a woman in love. Such as when she eagerly hopes to meet him, when she goes to meet him secretly or has him visit her secretly, when she invites him then decorates her house and herself and waits for him, when he cheats on her, when he doesn’t come when promised, when she quarrels with him then repents in solitude, when he is gone on a journey, when he is obedient and agreeable.

Abhisarika goes to meet her lover secretly at night. She wears only jewellery that makes no sound. She dares all dangers that might be lurking in the darkness. The hardships and obstacles she overcomes on the way only prove the purity of her love.

There is the famous Abhisarika-Radha going to meet Krishna mentioned in the classical Gita Govinda:

“Meanwhile the full moon rises over the horizon of Vrindavan illuminating every corner with its cool rays. But look closely, the moon is covered with unseemly spots. When lovers are going to meet their Beloved, the moon betrays their journey to the secret meeting place. It must be for this misdemeanor that the moon’s face is covered with spots.” (Gita Govinda/Conjugal Fountainhead)

The excited Radha has Kaajal in her eyes, bunches of dark green Tamal leaves behind the ears and blue Lotuses in the hair. When Radha steps out at night under the infinite expanse of the sky darkness itself is embracing every limb of her body. The darkness is like the testing-stone on which gold is tested. Those lines of light that her body traces on the darkness as she goes to meet Krishna, inspite of so many testing obstacles, are proof of the purity of her love which is true and sublime like pure gold.

Mumbiram’s art and life have been romantically intertwined and his paintings are inspired by real life muses. The paintings have a deja-vu quality. The real life situation depicted in the painting has the same drama and the same rasa as that described in the classical scriptures. This is the essence of the Prema Vivarta Mood in Mumbiram’s art. In the painting we see Mumbiram’s real life muse Kusum as the Abhisarika.

Kusum is wearing a dark red bindi on the forehead that goes well with her dark red lips. The yellow turmeric spot between the eyebrows together with the gold nose-stud and the simple gold ear-studs enhance the exotic proportions of her beautiful face. An armlet, a single bracelet and a single ring punctuate the graceful progress of her entire arm. The doe-eyed lady is dressed to incite her lover´s passions.

Kusum looks excited at the prospect of meeting her lover on this full-moon night. She is carrying a peacock feather and a paint brush tucked into her blouse along with some treats placed in a clay pot. They clearly have a long night of artistic ecstasies ahead.