Obituary / The Guardian - March 20, 2013

Ganesh Pyne

Towards the end of his life, Pyne painted a series depicting the characters of the Indian epic the Mahabharata. Instead of depicting the grand moments, Pyne chose to paint peripheral characters, such as the archer Ekalavya, who cut off his thumb to please his teacher, and the princess Amba who was reincarnated as a man so that she could take revenge on the warrior who kidnapped her. In a text that accompanied an exhibition of those paintings at the Cima Gallery in Kolkata in December 2010, Pyne wrote: “There is no happiness in the Mahabharata.”

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