Many will recall the promotional poster of the recent Bengali film Belashuru where actor Soumitra Chatterjee is combing the long tresses of Swatilekha Sengupta (both actors passed away before the film was released). The emotionally charged scene was even portrayed by Amul as one of their series of topical ads where the scene was recreated with the Amul girl holding the mirror for Sengupta.
But such artistic impressions of endearing moments of intimacy are not limited to modern arts.
Archaeologists carrying out conservation work near the Varahamihirer Dhipi, a site near Kolkata, have found several key artefacts, among which is a terracotta sealing likely showing a man and a woman in a similar pose.
About 50km from Kolkata by road, Berachampa is a small town which is home to two archaeological ruins known as Chandraketugarh and Varahamihirer Dhipi. According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the ruins likely date from pre-Mauryan days [prior to 320 BC]to the Pala period [8th to 12th century AD]. Historians believe the name Chandraketu is of mythical origin.