Book on immortals of Hindu mythology launched

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Oxford Bookstores in association with Invincible Publishers on Friday launched the book ‘Seven Immortals’ by Shalini Modi in a function held in this city.

The book launch was followed by a thought provoking panel discussion between the author of the book Shalini Modi and eminent artist, Raghu Vyas who has extensively painted characters from Indian epics and renowned photographer Samar Singh Jodha. Well known art critic and editor, Monica Arora moderated the session.

The discussion centred on the theme ‘How relevant is immortality in the 21st century’ which threw light on the growing interest in Indian mythology not only in India but across the world.

The author narrated the lives of these seven immortals in Hindu scriptures from the Puranas, Ramayana and Mahabharata and spoke about their immortality, the positives and negatives that come with it, uniqueness of each character and most importantly the life lesson that people could learn from each of them.Shalini Modi

Speaking at the book launch session, eminent artist, Raghu Vyas said, “Seven Immortals’ by Shalini Modi reflects in-depth research on Hindu mythological epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Shalini splendidly portrays the literary accounts of how the great figures of the epics exist even today, in the form of their divine patronage of art and culture. Numerous painters in India, including Raja Ravi Varma and myself, have painted artworks that are centrally themed around the narratives of these epics. This in itself is very indicative of how art forms are immortal.”

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