The gallery of the West Windsor Arts Center will feature the works by artists of the Indian diaspora and their interpretations of “Dharma in the 21st Century.” Curated by artist Hetal Mistry, the sales of artwork will also raise funds to support the Clean Ganga Fund, an Indian national effort to save the endangered holy river. An opening reception is set for Sunday May 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the art center.
Hetal invited artists to submit work that explores and interprets what Dharma means to them in the current day. Dharma has multiple meanings in Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain traditions and is a topic of interest worldwide. Perhaps the simplest interpretation is living a life that embodies: Satya (truth), Tapa (persistence), Pavitrata (purity), and Daya (compassion). The work in this show reflects the personal, inspirational and introspective journey of self as experienced by artists whose cultural upbringing was informed by the concept.
One of the works selected for the show is a mixed media painting called “Srishti” by Anusha Saran. About the work, Saran says, “To me, ‘Srishti’ or world is Dharma. The painting shows that Srishti is the essential order of things, an integrity and harmony in the universe and the affairs of life that cannot be disturbed without creating chaos. That which supports, nourishes, harmonizes and unites the individual, society and the world.”
Accomplished local artist and curator Hetal Mistry (B.F.A.) has created renditions of historical sites in Princeton including The Miller Chapel. Recent solo exhibitions include the Erdman Art Gallery at Princeton Theological Seminary and Premier art gallery in Lambertville. Hetal has had the opportunity to exhibit at the Artexpo in New York and internationally in India. Hetal’s recent trip to India included visiting the oldest living city of Varansi through which the holy Ganga river flows. She witnessed the evening prayers on the banks of the river that have been performed for thousands of years.
Participating artists include: Vimala Arunachalam, Divya Attri, Anjana Babu, Sheetal Bagewadi, Ketut Budiawan, Aparna Deshpande, Uday Dhar, Rochana Dubey, Spriha Gupta, Parul Mehta, Jyoti Menon, Hetal Mistry, Kavin Mistry, Suvarna Nagaraju, Anusha Saran, Aparajita Sen, and Vishal Shah.