On September 30th, ClampArt, Sanskriti Center and I hosted an event dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses and their impact on visual and performing arts. The event featured a beautiful opening performance by critically acclaimed Bharatnatyam dancer, Swati Bhise, accompanied by renowned Carnatic Vocalist, Saavitri Ramanand amongst my Darshan Series currently up at the gallery.
This magical and moving presentation was followed by panel discussion led by Rachel Cooper, the Director of Cultural Events and Performing Arts at Asia Society. The panel consisted of myself, aforementioned Swati Bhise and Richard Davis, Author of Gods in Print and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Bard College. Rachel had some very insightful questions about the relationship between dance, music and the gods. It was very inspiring to see the delicate old prints Richard Davis brought out to share with us in order to provide a connection between ancient renderings and my photographs on the walls of the gallery. Swati described the relationship and influence that the dance and music have on each other in the most touching and intriguing way.
Taiis Pascall, founder of Trinayan Dance Theatre, then graced us with an energetic and fabulous closing dance performance. The evening wrapped up with delightful treats, catered by chef Surbhi Sahni of Bittersweet NYC, and scrumptious wine, so kindly provided by Sam Bhatia of Sufi Wines. Thank you to everyone that participated to make the night so wonderful!