Assi Ghat, Varanasi, India

18 Mar

Assi Ghat is the largest and Southern-most ghat along the main artery in Varanasi. It is also the most touristy, since many hotels and guesthouses are located in this area. But it doesn’t feel deprived of culture, there is still a daily puja ceremony in the evening, chai wallahs, men hanging out together, cultural drama productions in Hindi, and a few dhobis washing clothes. I went there this one evening with a friend from the academy, and sketched casually as we swatted away  mosquitoes and moths. The sun was descending behind the city, and the Ganga was in shadow. I later painted my sketch, remembering a certain dusty rose hue that the city adorned at sunset, and a drab gray blue shade along the river bank.

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6 Responses to “Assi Ghat, Varanasi, India”

  1. sanyogita March 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    This is absolutely stunning.The water colours are perfect.

  2. Sam March 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    the perspective is totally believable here.

  3. Marthe July 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Love your drawings from India Erin! Hope you are doing good! Greetings from Marthe who is back in Norway

  4. rene fijten October 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    I love your drawings of India. This is my favourite, my wife and I went walking south, and I vividly remember this ghat, it was so much more peaceful than the overcrowded others. And there was a backpackers cafe (the open hand) with the only decent espresso and chocolate cake I had in all of India.

    • Erin Lau October 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

      Thanks Rene! Assi ghat was near the music academy I was studying at, so we often went there for evening strolls. Glad to share with you.

  5. srisarts November 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    Wow this is great! I am very impressed at how you captured the perspective so well! I love the colours you used. And the little details. Great work 🙂

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