DasaMahavidya brings images of 10 feminine forms each representing a certain element of womanhood

At the age of 15 years, my father bought me a geeta press book titled “Dasamahavidya” to ensure I stay religiously bound. This book was a pictorial representation of a mythological representation of Devi the feminine energy. Thought I was not sure if I turned religious due to it but the imagery was something that attached me. The front page of the book had a picture of Kali, a nude woman body standing on a man. The revelation of feminine representation was something that created a huge impact of toggling the feminist in me as I developed my art.

The Dasa Maha vidya series brings images of 10 different feminine forms each representing a certain element of womanhood. I see these images as 10 stigmas which society tag women for centuries to ensure the patriarchy is sustained. The 10 images of the shakti were not the commonly used goddesses, they are a cult and non-domesticated gods who are only used in the tantric tradition. But for me as a Millennia gender-fluid artist, these images created a way to bring both the idea of femininity and masculinity into one’s body. That is why I wanted to use my drag to give a current update for these images of inclusion.

The Dasa mahavidyas are not so aesthetically pleasing, non-sensual goddesses, in the contrast to goddesses like Laxmi, Saraswati, and Durga, these imageries are far beyond the idea of sensuality, sexuality, color, stigmatic as well as an erotic display of the feminine forms. That is why I wanted to see if I can bring in a deep interpretation using my gender-fluid body and drag myself to represent these images. I with the help of two of my friends created this photo performance with each maha vidya associating with a certain stigma.



-Patruni