Falling in Love, 2007; oil on canvas
A jealous sister-in-law learns of Sohni's midnight trysts with Mahiwal, and replaces the pot that she uses as a buoy with a flawed one. In one sense, this painting shows Sohni literally 'falling in love'; but her plunge also represents her drowning as a result of the flawed pot. However, these two things are not necessarily mutually exclusive. According to the Sufi and Bhakti traditions, great love can bring about a spiritual transcendence.
Taking a motif from Tibetan scroll paintings, or Thangkas, Arpana uses a spiral form to represent clouds, and thus reflect the water of the river through which Sohni swims. The water spilling out of the pots is a reference to the act of drowning.