Krishna and Balarama

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Krishna and Balarama 1930s
In Hindu tradition, Krishna and Balarama are brothers. Krishna means ‘black’ or ‘dark one’ in Sanskrit, terms which refer to his complexion, and he is often shown as blue or black in colour. Balarama is normally depicted as being fair-skinned and traditionally wears blue garments. Krishna’s identifying attributes include a flute and peacock feathers, and although this image features peacocks on both sides of the work, the blue colour of the figure on the left and the fact he is holding a flute can identify him as Krishna. Roy has used the earthy colours and stylised shapes of Indian folk art.

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Folk art

The art of largely untrained artists.

Folk art


  • Acc. No. GMA 4696
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size (framed: 38.00 x 66.20 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Mary Tara Marshall 2003