The watercolour depicts the Hindu god Siva embracing his spouse, the goddess Parvati, who holds out an offering bowl to him; the scene is typically known as 'Gajan Dance'. The work is reminiscent of Kalighat painting from the 19th century, with the use of bold lines of colour and black and white outlines to emphasise the two figures. Brahma has used the miniature tradition coupled with Bengali folk art, much in line with his belief in the Neo-Bengal art tradition from Calcutta. Bengal
Shiva. God of destruction, transformation and regeneration. Father of Ganesha and husband of Parvati (Durga Mata). Carries a trident with three tines symbolizing creation, protection and destruction. Shiva is also known as Maheshvara, Rudra, Nataraja, among others.