Photo Project: Arishadvarga by Manab Das

In our recent work, we personified the idea of ‘Enemies of Mind’ where I used drag as a medium to talk about lust, anger, temptation, greed, ego, and jealousy. Captured by Manab, in the series, we tried to embrace the idea of 6 sins and relate it to modern themes like plastic surgery, policing, privilege, plagiarism, patriarchy and the pandemic.

About the Photographer:

Manab Das is a Freelance Photographer from West Bengal who now lives in Hyderabad. Besides capturing the beauty of love and colours with his wedding photography, Das explores abstract and thematic photography. Some of his work embodies the contrast captures of art forms such as Bharatanatyam, Indian Expressionism, Butoh, and Tranimal drag. Owner of ‘Tasveers by dmanab’, Das’s work has created a significant difference in Indian Abstract Photography.

Kama the Lust

Kama (Sanskrit: काम; IAST: kāma; Tamil: inpam) means "desire, wish, longing" in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh literature.[1][4][5][6] Kama often connotes sensual pleasure, sexual desire, and longing both in religious and secular Hindu and Buddhist literature, as well as contemporary Indian literature, but the concept more broadly refers to any desire, wish, passion, longing, pleasure of the senses, desire for, longing to and after, the aesthetic enjoyment of life, affection, or love, enjoyment of love is particularly with or without enjoyment of sexual, sensual and erotic desire, and may be without sexual connotations.

Kama is one of the four goals of human life and is also contemplated as one of the primary needs to fulfill during the stages of life according to the Hindu tradition. It is considered an essential and healthy goal of human life when pursued without sacrificing the other three goals: Dharma (virtuous, proper, moral life), Artha (material prosperity, income security, means of life) and Moksha (liberation, release, self-actualization). Together, these four aims of life are called Puruṣārtha.

Moha the Attraction

Moh (Sanskritmuh: “to become stupefied, to be bewildered or perplexed, to err, to be mistaken”) stands in ancient texts for perplexity or confusion as also for the cause of confusion, that is, avidya or ajnana (ignorance or illusion). It is called aaskti "आसक्ति" in Hindi, which have been considered a root cause for राग द्वेष all the sorrows in life, in Hindu religious texts itself is a cause of ignorance अज्ञान which is due to worldly illusion माया (maya). In another context, it stands for “the snare of worldly illusion, infatuation.” Its function is twofold: it bedims the discernment of truth, prevents the discernment of reality, and it creates an error of judgement or leads to wrong knowledge (mithya jnana). Humans believe in an eternal reality of their own existence or ego; they see truth in what is false and seek happiness in what begets suffering.