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What If Royal Animals Lived In Beautiful Indian Palaces?

Karen Knorr, an award winning artist, considers her tour of India in 2008 as a life changing journey. During the period of 2008 to 2012, she started exploring Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage, stories of northern India, focusing on Rajasthan using sacred and secular sites to consider caste, femininity and its relationship to the animal world.

 

The Witness, Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

The-Witness-Humayuns-Tomb-Delhi

Her series named, “India Song”, features exotic animals in the elegant rooms of palaces and cultural sites throughout Rajasthan. The footnote eloquently describes the series,

“Cranes, zebus, langurs, tigers and elephants mutate from princely pets to avatars of past feminine historic characters, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion and reinventing the Panchatantra for the 21st century”

 

The Queen’s Room, Zenana, Udaipur

The Queen's Room, Zenana, Udaipur

 

Flight to Freedom, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur Flight-to-Freedom-Juna-Mahal-Dungarpur

 

The Gatekeeper, Samode Palace, Samode

The Gatekeeper, Samode Palace, Samode

 

 Waiting for Atman, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Waiting for Atman, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

 

 The Sound of Rain, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

The Sound of Rain, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

 

 The Private Audience, Aam Khas, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur

The Private Audience, Aam Khas, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur

 

 The Conqueror of the World, Podar Haveli, Nawalgarh

The Conqueror of the World, Podar Haveli, Nawalgarh

 

 The Messenger, Purana Qila, Delhi

The Messenger, Purana Qila, Delhi

 

 The Avatars of Devi, Samode Palace, Samode

The Avatars of Devi, Samode Palace, Samode

 

 A Place like Amravati, Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur

A Place like Amravati, Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur

 

 The Maharaja’s Apartment, Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur

The Maharaja's Apartment, Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur

 

 The Survivors, Deogarh Palace, Deogarh

The Survivors, Deogarh Palace, Deogarh

 

 Disccussions Concerning Rasa, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Disccussions Concerning Rasa, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

 

 The Joy Of Ahimsa, Takhat Vilas, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Joy Of Ahimsa, Takhat Vilas, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

 

 The Return of the Hunter, Jaipur Palace, Jaipur

The Return of the Hunter, Jaipur Palace, Jaipur

 

 The Inheritor, Moti Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Inheritor, Moti Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

 

 Durga’s Mount, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur

Durga's Mount, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur

 

 Bhakti, Path of Sants, Shiva Temple, Hampi

Bhakti, Path of Sants, Shiva Temple, Hampi

 

 Attaining Moksha, Ajanta Caves, Ajanta

Attaining Moksha, Ajanta Caves, Ajanta

 

 Becoming Arihanta, Sahastrabahu Temple, Gwalior

Becoming Arihanta, Sahastrabahu Temple, Gwalior

 

 The Palaiyakkarars, Hazarama Temple, Hampi

The Palaiyakkarars, Hazarama Temple, Hampi

To know more about Karen and follow her work, you may find her on Facebook, Twitter or check out her official website.

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