x 21", acrylic
x 22", acrylic
a student of Indian History I have always been fascinated by history
of warfare. The story of
Porus and his men on elephants and horseback fighting Alexander's
army on the Indus river amid the pouring rain
and thunder would fill me with such
excitement. I would then
try to imagine the scenes of the bloody battle fought on the river
and draw sketches in my history class while the teacher lectured.
painted these pictures soon after the Kargill war last year."
the spring of 326 B.C. Alexander the Great crossed the Indus river
to conquer the territory of Porus, a most feared, warlike
king. Although Porus and his troops were defeated, their
courage and proud bearing made a great impression on
Alexander. Retaining Porus as vassal to take charge of the
Punjab, the Greek forces moved on to continue their Indian
conquests. It is quite likely that Alexander intended to keep
control of his new territories, however, his sudden death in 323
B.C. made the Macedonian position in India untenable.