Khambana Kao Phaba (painting)

The Khambana Kao Phaba (Meitei for 'Khamba capturing Kao bull') is an oil canvas painting by Manipuri artists, M Betombi Singh and Gopal Sharma.[2] The painting shows the capture of powerful Kao bull by hero Khamba. It is one of the most well known museum series "Exhibit of the Month" of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya in India. It was exhibited for a whole month of July, 2019.[3][4][5][6]

Khambana Kao Phaba
English: Khamba capturing the bull[a]
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"Khambana Kao Phaba", the Meitei canvas painting by M Betombi Singh and Gopal Sharma
ArtistM Betombi Singh and Gopal Sharma[1]
Year2001 (2001)
MediumOil and Canvas
SubjectKhuman Khamba and Kao bull
ConditionPreserved
LocationIndira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal
OwnerIndira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya
AccessionIndira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya

Title and subjectEdit

The painting shows an epic legend of Ancient Moirang Kingdom. Angom Nongban Kongyamba, the villain, was jealous of Khuman Khamba, the hero. So, he set a death-trap of Khamba. The hero was asked to capture the giant bull. But Kongyamba's dream of Khamba being killed by the bull was not fulfilled. Khamba knew the secrecy of the bull. The bull was once the head of Khamba's father's cattle herd. During the capture, Khamba whispered his father's name to the bull's ear. He also showed a silk rope to the bull. The bull recognised Khamba. So, the wild beast was tamed.[3][4][5][6]

HistoryEdit

The artwork was painted by late artist M Betombi Singh in the Sana Konung Palace in Imphal, Manipur. The artist was 93 years old when he completed the artwork. In 2001, the painting was registered into the permanent collection of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya Museum. After that, the artwork was visited by many well known people including RK Chaturvedi, AS&FA, Union Ministry of Culture of India. The painting was kept in Veeth Sankul indoor exhibitions and library of the museum.[3][4][5][6]

ExhibitionEdit

In July 2019, the painting was introduced as the "Exhibit of the Month" of the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalayaby RK Chaturvedi, AS&FA, Union Ministry of Culture of India. The exhibition was curated by Nongmaithem Sakamacha. Sakamacha was the Museum Associate of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, India.[3][4][5][6]

Other paintingsEdit

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Meitei language term for "bull" is "Kao" itself.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IGRMS News (July-September 2019)" (PDF). Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya.
  2. ^ "IGRMS News (July-September 2019)" (PDF). Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya.
  3. ^ a b c d Pioneer, The. "'Khambana Kao Phaba' on display at IGRMS". The Pioneer.
  4. ^ a b c d "'Khambana Kao Phaba' Manipuri Traditional painting on display". thenortheasttoday.com. 24 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Jha, Shuchita (July 20, 2019). "Traditional Manipuri painting 'Khambana Kao Phaba' on display". The Times of India.
  6. ^ a b c d "Traditional Manipuri painting 'Khambana Kao Phaba' on display - Times of India". The Times of India.

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