Thursday, July 27, 2017

Something in the Stars

A song from the blockbuster Hindi movie "Kabhie Kabhie" had this hugely popular song:

".....Kabhie kabhie mere dil mein khayal aata hai
Oftentimes this thought crosses my mind

Ki jaise thujhko banaya gaya hai mere liye
That you were born just for me

Tu ab se pehle staaron mein bas rahi thi kahin

You lived somewhere in the stars before...."

Pic from the movie "Pakeezah"
And in another popular song from the movie Pakeezah, the heroine sings to her lover:

"...Chalo dildaar chalo; Chaand ke paar chalo
Let us go my beloved; Let us go beyond the moon

Hum hai tayaar chalo; 

I am ready

Aao kho jaaye sitaaron mein kahin; Chhod de aaj yeh duniya yeh zameen
Let us get lost in the stars; Let us leave this world and this land..."

(Translations of songs from fan clubs!)

This theme about coming to life on earth from the stars and getting merged with the stars again recurs often in folk tales, songs and movies.

Well, now it is official! Turns out, 50 per cent of the atoms in our body do come from stars across the universe!

Every time a star dies, it bursts out in the form of a huge "Supernova" spewing out tons of gases into the universe. The explosion gives rise to high speed galactic winds which ferry the particles in the gases across galaxies.

I had once seen the images of the "Butterfly Supernova", so called because of its form, on one of the NASA sites.

The image stayed with me. The idea of a giant butterfly of hot gases hurtling through space was awesome, and inspired me to compose the painting below.

Clearly, "...there are more things in heaven and earth, .....Than are dreamt of!...."

30" by 30", Oil on canvas by Mita Brahma

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