Why ‘flute-playing Krishna’ theme is very popular in Indian art?

Being a deity of Hindus, art is very much influenced by Krishna, Vishnu’s incarnation.. “Flute playing krishna” is pictured as a joyous situation of Krishna’s life which represents entertainment, love, chastity and romance.. Art in India is very much about emotional equation, so almost every art form include this act of Krishna abundantly..

Flute Playing Krishna is considered as 1 of the several Leela’s of the God and is from a very long time in depiction of the performing arts in Orissa where Lord Vishnu is predominantly worshiped by the mass. Dramas, puppet shows, folk theatres etc showcase the scenes of Ras Leela of Krishna and Radha along with the Gopis where flute playing krishna is a center model..

Classical and regional dances of shepherds and wanderers of Gujarat, Rajasthan and other western states adopt this posture of Krishna as it is related to cattle rearing scenario which is believed to be Krishna’s profession and entertainment. Mudranat, Bhawa, Raasa, Abhinay etc are colorfully presented in dance forms such as Bharatnatayam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Mohiniattam etc.. along with the regional folk dances too..

Indian paintings such as Cave and Mural, miniature, Mughal style, Rajasthani, Kishangarh, Madhubani, modern era etc.. are widely adapting Flute playing Krishna pose as it is easily depicted and includes well explained specimen of Rupabheda, Bhava, Lavanya Yoganam, Sadrisyam etc..

Many rock cut and metal sculpture and idols also show FLute playing krishna and its esthetic being which is cultivating its richness right from the days of Mauryan Artefacts, Kushan Periods, Gupta age etc.. In Modern times, Clay, metal, and rock cut flute playing Krishna are used as decoratives..but in ancient and medieval times it was more used as worshipping idol of temples and caves and palace designs..