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Pan-Asian Hindu Art from the Collection of the GTU Center for Dharma Studies

Wednesday, February 24th 2016 to Tuesday, May 31st 2016

An exhibit featuring art and materials from the Center for Dharma Studies and from the GTU and SFTS Special Collections is on display from February 24 through May 30, 2016.

Among the highlights of the exhibit cases are:

  • B.G. Sharma paintings on the life of Krishna.
  • Statues and paintings of Gods and Goddesses from the Center for Dharma Studies and Lanier Graham’s Sacred World Art Collection
  • Rubbings of the the Ramayana epic from the Temple of Wat Po (Buddhist), Bangkok, Thailand

The walls feature Madhubani paintings, a wonderful folk art tradition used for decoration for social and religious ceremonies. This rural art form was developed by women from Mithila, an area in the state of Bihar, India. These are from the Collection of Eleanor Hopewell, Ethnic Arts, Berkeley.

This exhibit accompanied the sacred text lecture by Dr. Rita Sherma, Director of the Center for Dharma Studies, on The Technology of Transformation: Sacred Texts and the Divine Feminine on February 24.

Founded in 2015, The Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies helps scholars and students from the Hindu and Jain Dharmic heritage communities and other traditions understand Dharma in its multidimensional richness, and encourages cross-cultural and interreligious understanding.

At right, Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning.