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California Museum exhibiting Tantric paintings from Rajasthan

Nevada, Wed, 05 Oct 2011 ANI

Nevada (US), Oct 05 (ANI): The Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMOA) in California is currently organizing "Tantra Song: Contemporary Tantric Paintings from Rajasthan" till December 10.his is a collection of 39 anonymous works from India; made in tempera, gouache, and watercolor on salvaged paper.


"The process of painting these works is part of a spiritual practice" and they are "anointed for use as spiritual objects", the Museum announcement says.


This rare lineage of Tantric art evolved from seventeenth-century, and these deeply symbolic paintings, used to awaken heightened states of consciousness, include a range of familiar geometric forms, each imbued with spiritual meaning, symbolically represent goddess Shakti, Lord Shiva, etc.


Applauding SMMOA for exhibiting Hinduism focused art, acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Tuesday, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.


Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world. (ANI)


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