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Wednesday, 27 February, 2002, 11:28 GMT
Beckham's god-like status
David, Victoria and Brooklyn as painted by the Singhs
The Beckham family immortalised as Hindu deities
Celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham have been depicted as gods for a major exhibition of Indian-influenced art.

In a move which will delight the Old Trafford faithful and bring dismay to many others, the Manchester United star is shown sitting on a throne in a crown and robes as the Hindu deity Shiva.

On his lap is Victoria as the goddess Parvati, while their son Brooklyn becomes the elephant god Ganesh.

The artwork, by sisters Amrit and Rabindra Singh, is described as a "light-hearted" view of fame and will be displayed in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games which start in Manchester in June.

It is not the first time David has been immortalised in the name of religion.

One particularly devoted fan caused an outcry when he put a golden statue of his idol in a spot normally reserved for minor deities in a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand.

Golden football

The Singhs said their painting is a blend of traditional 17th century eastern art and modern concepts of sport and pop.

They were the obvious image, the cross between sport, media and pop celebrity

Amrit Singh
David is shown holding designer sunglasses and a golden football, while Victoria sits on his lap clutching a microphone and wearing a vivid pink strapless dress split to the thigh.

Amrit said: "We feel it is a positive image, a light-hearted look at the couple which is certainly not meant to be negative.

"They were the obvious image, the cross between sport, media and pop celebrity.

Amrit said Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh are often seen as the ideal family unit while David and Victoria, who recently announced they are expecting a second child, are often depicted as the ideal celebrity couple.

The Singhs, who are both 36 and run their own art studio in the Wirral, Merseyside, said the inspiration for the piece came from miniatures of the Hindu gods on display in London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

Once the exhibition has been shown in Manchester it will visit India and Canada after the games.

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