Racism. Discrimination on the basis of skin complexion. While ‘fair’ depicts Divinity, beauty and purity, dark has always been considered something evil or inferior. That’s how, though not all but the majority of Indians think.
Bharadwaj Sundar, co-founder of Chennai-based production house Slingshot Productions, is pointing towards something which existed since always but until today was unnoticed.
HINDU DEITIES ARE ALWAYS PORTRAYED WITH A BRIGHT FAIR COMPLEXION. THOUGH GODS LIKE RAM AND KRISHNA ARE SAID TO HAVE BLUE SKIN, WE NEVER FIND A LORD WITH BROWN OR DARK SKIN THAT’S NATIVE TO INDIA.
“Whether it’s temples within our own homes or the pictures of gods at a barber shop – they are all the same. All of them show gods who are fair,” he told to TheNewsMinute.
“I believe it’s a post-colonial hangover,” Bharadwaj says. “The idea that fair is superior and better seems to have come from there. Because, here, in India, we’re a majority of dark-skinned individuals.”
A daring Bharadwaj asks aloud the reason behind this bias through this photo series titled ‘Dark is Divine’. Have a look at these photos.
The seventh photo pictures Lady Sita with Luva and Kusha was indeed the idea of the make up artist who, too was moved by the concept.
“I don’t know about others, but I’m dark-skinned, and I’d like to relate to my gods when I pray to them,” says Bharadwaj to TNM.
Though at the beginning in September 2017 they had planned to come up with 12 photos to comprise a calendar, budget limited them to just 7. And we agree with all our mind that these are absolute masterpieces that break stereotype like a boss!
All these pics were shot by Naresh Nil, another co-founder of Slingshot Productions.
“The ultimate victory for such a project would be if someone printed one of the photos and perhaps added it to their place of worship in their home and prayed to that god,” Bharadwaj says.
Let us know in the comment section how much you could relate to ‘Dark is Divine’!
h/t : TheNewsMinute