Hindu Gods Get A Bold Makeover In Indian Comic Books

“Indian gods have superpowers, so Indians don’t need to look to Western superheroes”.  

– Delhi artist Anant Mishra


hindu-gods-get-a-bold-makeoIn pop-culture images winning favor with India’s aspiring middle class, the gods have bulging muscles and six-pack abs. A new generation of artists, writers and publishers of graphic novels are portraying the gods as warriors and action heroes, in some cases re-imagining religious epics that are thousands of years old.
New Delhi-based artist Anirudh Sainath Krishnamani says traditional depictions of Hindu god Rama as clean-shaven and fair-looking doesn’t comport with the Rama described in Hindu texts, which describe the god living for years in a forest, fighting many battles and single-handedly slaying 14,000 demons.

– WSJ

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  • In the picture, Mr. Krishnamani portrays Rama with dreadlocks and a buff physique, ready to take on his enemies.
  • Indra, a Hindu god associated typically with rain and thunderstorms, is shown in this digital painting above as a warrior slaying a dragon.
  • Lord Shiva, who is often shown in a meditative, calm pose in traditional Indian calendar art, is portrayed as a warrior chieftain in this scene  from a recent  graphic novel series titled “Shiva — The Legends of the Immortal.”
  • In this painting, Delhi artist Anant Mishra shows Hanuman in a scene befitting a Western sci-fi comic book or movie. Mr. Mishra says Indian gods have superpowers, so Indians don’t need to look to Western superheroes.
  • In this painting, Delhi artist Anant Mishra shows Hanuman in a scene befitting a Western sci-fi comic book or movie. Mr. Mishra says Indian gods have superpowers, so Indians don’t need to look to Western superheroes.
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