The river Ganga by Hetal Mistry
May 8 — June 24, 2017 The Dharma in the 21st Century exhibition features works of artists of the Indian diaspora and will raise funds to support the Clean Ganga Fund, an Indian national effort to save the endangered holy river. This exhibition is curated by Hetal Mistry.
The Opening reception will be held on May 21, 2017 from 4 – 6 pm and feature artist talks, a presentation, and more.
Artists were invited to submit work that explores and interprets what Dharma means to them in the 21st century. 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). This exhibition seeks to exhibit art that will reflect the personal, inspirational and introspective journey of self as experienced by artists whose cultural upbringing is informed by this philosophy.
The river Ganga, symbolizing India’s spiritual heritage, is also home to a rich ecosystem containing numerous species of fish and amphibians. With the growth in population and the increase in commerce along its banks, countless industries dump untreated waste products into the river. To stem the degradation of the river’s eco-system, the Government of India established the Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission, called Namami Gange, to rejuvenate and restore the waters of the holy river. Given the massive scope of the project, the Clean Ganga Fund has been set up to accept tax-exempt donations from both local and non-residents to support the national effort of cleaning the river
CURATOR: Hetal Mistry (B.F.A), holds a BFA degree and is an accomplished artist in Princeton, New Jersey. She has had the opportunity to create her renditions of some of the historical sites in Princeton including The Miller Chapel. Her solo exhibits at Erdman Art Gallery at Princeton Theological Seminary and Lambertville have been well received by the media. 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. It was truly an enlightening experience which inspired her to explore Dharma in the modern context. Her prayer is that future generations to come should get the same chance to experience this holy river and all that it has to offer.