“Hirkani” Poster

108,00 208,00 

Rasa Renaissance Poster based on original “Hirkani reunited with her Baby” by Artist Mumbiram

with Verse from Mumbiram’s “Deluges of Ecstasy”

Collector’s item individually signed by Artist Mumbiram


Rasa Renaissance Poster based on original “Hirkani reunited with her Baby” by Artist Mumbiram

Caption on the Poster:

“This gentle Cactus flower
in midst of Crafty Conceptualists”
(Deluges of Ecstasy, Vol.V 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. You will get your Rasa Poster individually signed by Artist Mumbiram.

Rasa Appreciation of original Painting


“Hirkani reunited with her Baby”

(Water-colors and gold leaf, 1985, Mumbiram)

This is a delightful interpretation of the popular story of a gutsy dweller of the hills in the Sahyadri mountains along the western ghats of India. Hirkani (literally, diamond shredding) is a milkmaid who lives half way up the Raigad fort. Leaving her infant child alone at her hut Hirkani had walked up the steep slopes of the fortified fort Raigad atop the mountain to deliver pitcherfuls of milk. At sundown the gates of the fort were all closed. Hirkani was stranded inside. Hirkani made up her mind, come what may, to reach her baby she had left back at home. Hirkani jumped down a little used awesome parapet of the fort and found her way down the impossibly steep slopes of the mountain. She negotiated through impenetrably dense jungles to finally reach her hut halfway down the mountain below on the slopes. The intense force of a mother’s love for her baby had induced Hirkani to act courageously against all odds. Next day, Shivaji Maharaj himself honored her heartily, for she had pointed out a loophole in the impenetrable defense of the fort. Hirkani´s feat has become a legend all over Maharashtra. The parapet from which Hirkani jumped is known as Hirkani Buruz even after 300 years today.

Mumbiram’s rendering of “Hirkani Reunited with her Baby” is a masterpiece of emotions and atmosphere. The full moon is rising over the horizon. It is already after sunset. There is not a trace of pink in the sky. The lingering twilight and the full moon’s defused gentle light are combining to illuminate the ambiance without any harsh shadows. Hirkani’s baby is safely nestled in the protective arms of the mother. We can certainly see tears of joy swelling in the eyes of the ecstatic mother. She looks stunned. The child is blissfully unaware of the ordeal that its mother has just gone through for its sake. Hirkani looks beautiful without a single ornament on her body. She glows steadily. Where is the child’s father ? Hirkani is not wearing the red kumkum spot on her forehead though you see a dark faded tattoo in its place such as married women invariably have in rural Maharashtra. The child is wearing anklets and necklace made of simple black and white beads, most likely the loving mother’s own handiwork.

Through the open door of Hirkani’s hut you see two red flames of the brass samai oil lamp. Hirkani must have gone down on her knees in front of the little altar in the corner when she safely reached home. She is wearing a yellow turmeric mark between her brows. That is the mark of her total trust in the protection of the Universal Mother. Hirkani is living with her child atop a little hill in the vales. There is no sign of any neighbors. The soil is red ochre. The handsome petite brown cow and her calf are perfect company for them. There are no fences. They are safe. They are in Raja Shivaji’s domain. Hirkani has brought back an empty dark clay pitcher and a smaller copper measuring vessel sitting on top of it. Her little cloth purse of pink and green has gold brocade borders. She must have kicked her chappal shoes off in her hurry. How they lie in front of the brown wooden toy horse that is securely tied to the bamboo ladder! Mumbiram´s art is about situations, personalities and emotions. It is Rasa Art. This masterpiece in muted faded colours shows great aesthetic virtuosity combining with serene simplicity of faith.

The caption is a verse quoted from a compilation of original verses of Mumbiram under the title “Deluges of Ecstasy”. It was composed sometime between 1975 and 1978 during Mumbiram’s years in America. Hirkani’s circumstances are comparable to barren lands where cactuses grow but her emotions are beautiful and gentle like the tiny cactus flower. Same can be said about Mumbiram’s Rasa Art that was born and raised in the arid atmosphere of twentieth century art that had become a domain of impersonal abstract voidism propped up by harsh intellectual sophistication but had neither gentleness nor beauty nor Rasa.