Saraswathi by Karma Phuntsok, Goddess in a Contemporary setting, Saraswati in city, Contemporary Hindu Art, Karma Art


Saraswati is a goddess in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. In this radiant painting of Saraswati, Karma shows her as the Hindu goddess. She is wearing a saree, the traditional dress of Indian women, and holding her veena, musical instrument. The setting is a rainy city landscape. It is crowded and jumbled, much like the city streets of Mumbai or New Delhi. Her beautiful face and form give a serene atmosphere to the otherwise chaotic landscape. This is an example of Karma’s inclusive style of painting. He paints not only Tibetan Buddhist deities, but also Christian religious figures and Hindu deities.
Saraswati is the beloved patron of music and the arts. She is also the goddess of knowledge. School children in India pray to her to do well in academics. When a person needs to speak eloquently, before starting a painting or playing a musical instrument, Saraswati is invoked. In Tibet, she is the consort of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom.

This piece lives at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat in the Ma Shrine temple, dedicated to all moms.

TITLE: Saraswati
ARTIST: Karma Phuntsok

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• Fine Art Card: Made to order using a linen embossed card stock paper.


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(in inches)

• 6x9" Fine Art Card
• 10x14" Canvas
• 18x24" Canvas


Karma Phuntsok is a pioneer of Tibetan contemporary art and one of the few Tibetan artists who directly experienced the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. After escaping to India, Karma studied traditional Tibetan thangka painting for several years. In the 1970's, he began to explore new techniques and materials, interweaving modern with traditional symbols. Karma's paintings are now held in public and private collections around the world. As one of today's most influential artists, Karma has also paved the way for others, both Tibetan and non-Tibetan, seeking new ways to combine traditional Tibetan iconography with contemporary work.

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Reviews (3)


a lovely print of an original work, every bit as powerful.

Beautiful. This small, affordable, and inspiring Art Card is perfect for display in my small music/yoga room. Arrived on time in perfect condition.

Beautiful, very high quality! Shipping is fast too.

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