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.
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:
(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.