Mother and Child

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Mother& Child, Jamini Roy

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A safe haven in

blue expanse, sitting enthroned

on his mother’s lap

Mother and Child” is a masterpiece painting by Jamini Roy (1887-1972),one of the most renowned Indian artists of the twentieth century . Broad brush strokes, simple forms, stretched eyes, decorative borders and use of flat colours are the dominant motifs in “Jamini Roy” paintings.


A Haiku is a Japanese poem consisting of 17 syllables in 3 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the second.


Lei: A wreath for your soul  is a string of short poems reflecting on nature, life, illusion and inspiration.Lei




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  • Lovely.. today at 7.01am my sister had a baby boy..

    This one reminded me of the morning..

  • The eternal relationship of the mother and the child, selfless and secure. Great haiku… 🙂

  • Lovely painting, your poetry beautifully describing the picture 🙂

  • Ah! The kingly feeling of being in mom’s lap! 🙂 So well defined.

  • Indeed, a mother’s lap is haven. In fact, I’d say that it’s heaven. 🙂

  • Wonderful depiction of mother and child in your lovely Haiku poetry. Thanks for the great Jamini Roy painting with your poem.

  • Mother, the first emotional anchor, the lifeline, the ultimate delight in the life of a child…the other day my little 2.9 year old grand-daughter asked me…’why do babies love their mommies so much?’

  • Emotional post 🙂 pretty much true as well.

  • Wow! Kya baat! So, you did it….

  • A true depiction of Jamini Roy’s art!.

  • Interesting painting, Somali. Never heard of it, but glad I do know. It must be a popular kind of painting in Indian culture. Lovely haiku as well. Very apt with the painting – which I’m guessing inspired you 🙂

  • super 🙂

  • Happy to know about Jamini’s work and see it too. Haiku is a perfect description for the pic 🙂

  • Very beautiful haiku! Loved the image!

  • So wonderful Somali! So very special!

  • ..and that is the best place to be! loved how you used the words ‘blue expanse’ .To me they expressed blueness of the world, that empty blues of one’s being , the blue of this famous painting … all encompassed in it !
    Lovely .

  • A beautiful poem showing the mother – child love 🙂

  • Now that is a stunning picture!

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