‘Tejas’, or “creative energy”, is an essential concept in Indian religion. The Sanskrit word denotes fire, one of the five classical elements, but is also invested with a number of other meanings such as splendour, brilliance, vigour, light, intensity of the gaze, vital force, dignity, magical power or spiritual or moral influence, majesty, glory, authority.

Authors Kapila Vatsyayan and Jan Van Alphen investigate the numerous aspects of cosmic energy in India. Tejas permeates every Indian discipline: mythology, philosophy, music, literature and the plastic arts. It feeds the great myths and the cycles of creation. In Tejas, we follow its development from the 2nd century before Christ to the 15th century AD, principally through the medium of bronze and stone sculptures.