Client - Le Sutra - Ashoka (Character)
King Ashoka is one of India’s greatest emperors and this room highlights his transformation from an almost dictatorial King to a humble king dedicated to prosperity of his people. Ashoka was also known for his conversion to Buddhism and for adopting the ideas of Ahimsa (non-violence). This room thus acts as a source of inspiration required to move towards change and advancement to higher levels of consciousness. This room is reminiscent of how magnificent nascent personalities exist within us & can be manifested at will.
Art installations in the room
The Buddhist pillars on the side of his bed are inspired by the many stupas Ashoka had constructed. These suggest a sense of peace and highlight his life as a Buddhist king. They are very rich in texture and have Buddhist teachings engraved on them.
The most significant part of Ashoka’s life is his transformation. The painting depicts the change in his personality. The colours represent violence and tranquility. On one side is his army and on the other Lord Buddha. The painting captures both the aspects of his life and his transformation towards serenity portraying the essence of his life.
This incredible installation highlights Ashoka’s life as a strong and influential King. The sword going through the wooden table shows the violent nature from his earlier life as he was known for his skills with the sword. It represents the violation of nature and the destructions caused by a violent attitude.
The chair in this room is inspired by the Ashoka Chakra. The 24 spokes of the chakra each represent a spiritual virtue like love, courage, honesty etc. Chakra in Sanskrit means ‘cycle of time’. It signifies that although time always changes, these virtues are the most important aspect of living in the world.