A few years back I penned a piece inviting you to “Jump” into experiencing different cultures. Eight years later, I am awestruck to be experiencing the first national Indian art exhibition – Darshan, Visions of India, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Tuscumbia, AL. Garden Spices invites you to enjoy the pictorial and video splendor of the opening celebration and several of the events. Gate open!- Victorine
We are welcomed to the opening celebration of Darshan (meaning, philosophy) by Rangoli, created by Amita Bhakta As explained to me by Amita, Rangoli is artwork created with colorful sand. In this case, Amita used burgeoning daisies and colors representing India, the USA, and Ukraine, which was in her heart.
Traditionally drawn on the floor of one’s home porch, Rangoli welcomes good luck, prosperity, and welcomes guests. The sand disappears, but the spirit remains within the home. At Darshan, Rangoli symbolized the opening of good spirit and blossoming hearts for the exhibition. Honored representatives of the event lit the candles and a traditional song punctuated the opening of hearts for the celebration.
Image and caption: Jonathan David Cain
GALLERY TALK BY AMITA BHAKTA
At the opening celebration
Tuscumbia got to experience the India’s Holi, “the festival of colors.”
So many more videos and photos of Darshan can be viewed on the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art Facebook page.