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Puja and Piety | Santa Barbara Museum of Art | April 16 - July 31, 2016
Exhibition runs from April 17, 2016 – July 31, 2016 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
This exhibition celebrates the complexity of South Asian representation and iconography by examining the relationship between aesthetic expression and the devotional practice, or puja, in the three native religions of the Indian subcontinent. Drawn from SBMA’s collection and augmented by loans, the exhibition presents some 160 objects of diverse medium created over the past two millennia for temples, home worship, festivals, and roadside shrines. From monumental painted temple hangings to meditation diagrams and portable pictures for pilgrims, from stone sculptures to processional bronzes and wooden chariots, from ancient terracottas to various devotional objects for domestic shrines, this exhibition aims to examine and provide contextualized insights for both classical and popular works of art.
This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring an introduction by the eminent art historian and curator Pratapaditya Pal, and accessible essays on each religious tradition by John E. Cort, Stephen P. Huyler, and Christian Luczanits.  See more here. 

A superb video about traditional Ajrak block-printing in Pakistan, similar to that being done today right across the border in Kachchh, Gujarat, India:
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An extremely important message about the British impact on India and the need to acknowledge it today in Britain: ... See MoreSee Less

Dr Shashi Tharoor's powerful answer to Sky News interviewer about how much India did for the British-- with little acknowledgement from its imperial overlords.

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Amanda Richardson is a close friend, an artist whose powers of observation are superb. I love this just created evocation to Varanasi's goats: ... See MoreSee Less

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I posted this video a year ago and it has already reached 2,368,000 viewers with 10,456 shares! I'm blown away! I've always known it was beautiful, but I have posted so many other videos of superb Indian women's art. Why has this one gone viral? I would enjoy your feedback... ... See MoreSee Less

An elderly widow each morning draws a giant mandala using rice flour on the brick area in front of her front door. Like so many hundreds of thousands of women in this south Indian state of Tamil Nadu,...

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Stephen P. Huyler, Author shared 1 Million Women's Delhi makes a move to ban disposable plastic. ... See MoreSee Less

👏🏾 Yes 👏🏾 This is great news 🐠 CORRECTION: India is one of the countries that contribute 60% of the world's ocean plastic.

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