cultural education

We've often heard that one picture is worth a thousand words. That is especially true when that one picture has to cross nations, ethnicities, and time and still be recognized. We use symbols to stand for something else -- think of a stop sign, a bathroom sign, or a no smoking sign. All of these get their point across without using words, which is perfect for multilingual or non-literate populations. Symbolism, especially in the context of Indian culture, is extremely important to keep in mind. As with artwork, nothing is placed in a story or image by accident. Everything is there to convey something to you.

Today Indian culture is more visible in the West, but there is a lack of people who can really explain why something is the way it is, what the symbolism means, and why it is not just a mass of strange images and odd traditions. Even for those of Indian descent, this education is becoming more necessary and less inherent. Sharing and growing in the knowledge that we do have is needed for understanding where we came from and move toward a more accurate, holistic view of Hinduism and Indian culture.

I have taught about India and Indian culture at museums, schools, community organizations, and national conferences. Each educational experience can be tailored the needs and levels of your audience. Some of my presentations include:

• Bharatnatyam (Indian classical dance form) lecture demonstration at Explore UT, UT Austin, and other schools
• Docent training in symbols and basic ideas of Hinduism in conjunction with Domains of Wonder: Indian Miniature Paintings exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art
• Presentation: Hindu Symbols and Imagery at National Art Education Conference

If you are interested in finding out more or setting up your own educational experience, please contact me.