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Sri Ram Vijay: A Timeless Depiction of Ram and Sita by Neeraj Gupta

Sri Ram Vijay (Divine Victory), a wooden sculpture by renowned sculptor Neeraj Gupta, is on display from March 1 to April 30 at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi as part of the

Sri Ram Vijay: A Timeless Depiction of Ram and Sita by Neeraj Gupta
Neeraj Gupta's Divine Victory (Sri Ram Vijay) Sculpture at National Gallery of Modern Art

Neeraj Gupta's wooden sculpture, "Divine Victory," (or Sri Ram Vijay) captures the essence of a triumphant homecoming in a unique and contemporary style. Currently exhibited as part of the "Ramayana Chitra Kavyam" at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, the sculpture offers a timeless portrayal of Lord Rama and Sita.


The wooden sculpture stands tall, nearly six feet high and over five feet wide. Gupta employs a light terracotta finish, lending a sense of warmth and antiquity to the piece. The figures of Rama and Sita are the central focus, Rama depicted in a standing posture with his bow and quiver, symbolizing his victory. Sita, by his side, is draped in flowing attire, radiating an air of serenity.


An interesting aspect of the sculpture is the faceless depiction of the central figures. Gupta deliberately avoids rendering noses and eyes on Rama and Sita. This, he explains, creates a blend of figuration and abstraction, elevating the work from mere craft to contemporary art. The viewer is invited to contemplate the essence of the characters rather than be fixated on physical details.


Seated figures with outstretched arms are present at the base of the sculpture. These figures, Gupta explains, represent the joyous reception of Rama and Sita upon their return. The overall impression is one of celebration and a sense of homecoming after a hard-won victory.


The artist has expressed his desire for "Divine Victory" to find a permanent place in the upcoming museum being established at the new Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. This placement would be particularly fitting, as the sculpture embodies the essence of the Ramayana's triumphant conclusion.


Neeraj Gupta's "Divine Victory" transcends the boundaries of time through its masterful portrayal of devotion, victory, and homecoming. By employing a contemporary aesthetic, Gupta ensures that this timeless tale continues to resonate with viewers for generations to come.