Tejaswi

Tejaswi portrays an Indian woman’s empowerment and spiritual germination through her life events. It is a pictorial depiction of some of the phases of her life and evolution into the Devi she’s worshipped as.

Devi, the Sanskrit root word of divine and synonymous with Shakti or strength, is quintessentially the core form of the female manifestation of the supreme lord. She is also Prakriti, as she balances out the male aspect of the divine. She is the supreme being, the only one able to create, nourish, destroy and create again from the ruins thereby balancing the harmony of consciousness.

Then, through the various stages of the elements of her life she reaches a calm before she is immersed in these elements. Eventually she emerges as The Goddess or The Devi who acts as a catalyst in creating and maintaining harmony, and is worshipped in the Indian society.

 

Unmarried women start their day by taking a holy bath and they carry the water from the sacred water body.

Unmarried women start their day by taking a holy bath and they carry the water from the sacred water body.

They bring the water to the temple of Shiva, before pouring the holy water on the Shivling, as Lord Shiva is deemed to be the perfect husband. Unmarried women fast and pray to Lord Shiva to bless them with a good husband just like him. It strengthens the mind, body, and inner consciousness, and signifies cleansing of the soul.

They bring the water to the temple of Shiva, before pouring the holy water on the Shivling, as Lord Shiva is deemed to be the perfect husband. Unmarried women fast and pray to Lord Shiva to bless them with a good husband just like him. It strengthens the mind, body, and inner consciousness, and signifies cleansing of the soul.

Being a woman with knowledge in various performing arts, the sitar is a complex instrument to play. It produces an immensely sweet melodic sound, and is deeply rooted in Indian heritage.

Being a woman with knowledge in various performing arts, the sitar is a complex instrument to play. It produces an immensely sweet melodic sound, and is deeply rooted in Indian heritage.

Dance is a way of life and mastering it brings in added knowledge of tradition.

Dance is a way of life and mastering it brings in added knowledge of tradition.

Being with nature and absorbing the typical Indian rural countryside enriches the soul.

Being with nature and absorbing the typical Indian rural countryside enriches the soul.

Amongst the many other qualities, cooking plays an important role in impressing her man and the family in her later life.

Amongst the many other qualities, cooking plays an important role in impressing her man and the family in her later life.

Then one day she is waiting in anticipation to meet her man

Then one day she is waiting in anticipation to meet her man

Happiness follows, an engagement of soul mates, a bond to treasure for life.

Happiness follows, an engagement of soul mates, a bond to treasure for life.

With some, there comes a time when ambivalence sets in, partnerships fail, and the bond gets destroyed.

With some, there comes a time when ambivalence sets in, partnerships fail, and the bond gets destroyed.

Tragedy is an inevitable phase of life. It brings her to her knees while the rest of the world carries on.

Tragedy is an inevitable phase of life. It brings her to her knees while the rest of the world carries on.

Unable to take the suffering any longer, out of rage she takes the destructive path bringing down everything that comes her way. Her conscience and her sense of duty calms her down. Now, at the end of it all she feels drained of emotion and of life.

Unable to take the suffering any longer, out of rage she takes the destructive path bringing down everything that comes her way. Her conscience and her sense of duty calms her down. Now, at the end of it all she feels drained of emotion and of life.

So she chooses the only way left to prove herself to the world.

So she chooses the only way left to prove herself to the world.

She embraces ‘visarjan’, the formal concluding rite, and departs from her physical embodiment.

She embraces ‘visarjan’, the formal concluding rite, and departs from her physical embodiment.

Eventually, she emerges as the Devi, the Indian Goddess of strength and the core form of the supreme lord. Despite all the misdeeds against women, it is the Devi in the disguise of a woman who not only gives birth to mankind, but also nurtures and sustains life.

Eventually, she emerges as the Devi, the Indian Goddess of strength and the core form of the supreme lord. Despite all the misdeeds against women, it is the Devi in the disguise of a woman who not only gives birth to mankind, but also nurtures and sustains life.

Anupam Chanda works as a journalist and photographer for international media, having done extensive coverage on bilateral relations, trade, politics, urban development, industry art/culture and tourism. His photographic documentation around climate change, human migration, evolving cultures and urban decay has won him many accolades. A travel enthusiast, the lure of endless journeys discovering the unknown remains his first love. The beauty of human relations fascinates him and he is mostly found  working on a project on the same from his base in his city of birth Calcutta (Kolkata).