Ritual Floor Painting from India

Tuesday August 15, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

What are the stories, traditions, and meanings behind the art of ritual floor painting? This interactive talk by Dr. Paroma Chatterjee will explore the various kinds of ritual floor paintings from India, such as mandalas, alpana, and rangoli, which use natural materials such as rice, flowers, and vegetable paints to create beautiful (but temporary) images.

A live demonstration of floor painting with artist Meena Khasnabis will take place in the Secret Lab immediately following the talk. There will also be a hands-on opportunity for attendees to try floor painting for themselves. Materials will be provided.

This event is held in conjunction with Rasa, an innovative India-themed multi-arts festival, produced by Akshara, and held annually in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in September. It is designed to promote a deeper awareness and appreciation for the effulgent richness and abundance of cultural heritage that stems from India. It is multi-arts and multi-disciplinary, presenting traditional as well as cutting edge work in performing, visual, literary, media/films, and culinary arts, in partnership with prominent Ann Arbor arts organizations.

Participating artists in the festival are local, national, and international Indo-American artists, artists from India as well as those who are highly inspired by Indian culture. It is a collaborative initiative, working through partnerships with key local organizations such as the Michigan Theater, Kerrytown Concert House, the Riverside Arts Center, White Lotus Farms, Faber Institute, Literati Bookstore, and chef, food visionary, scientist and founder of two Ann Arbor restaurants, Dr. Swaroop Bhojani.


This sounds fascinating!! One

This sounds fascinating!!

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This sounds fascinating, I'm

This sounds fascinating, I'm super excited to check it out!


Looks beautiful. I was not aware of this practice.

Neat Event!

This sounds really interesting! I am curious to learn more.

This is the first I've heard

This is the first I've heard of the Rasa festival as well. Thanks!

Great to have this

Great to have this opportunity and Rasa in our local area

What kind of vegetables are

What kind of vegetables are used to make the temporary paints?

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Looks fantastic

Unique event

I've been looking forward to this since I learned about it (and the Rasa festival) at the Indian dance presentation a few weeks ago. Thanks for the many and varied cultural events!
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A great opportunity...

to learn about this artform - thank you!

Looks great

But, unfortunately we will be at Malletts Creek event at the same time.

looks cool since it is from India!

can't wait to see the picture!!!

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looks cool since it is from India!

can't wait to see the picture!!!

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Wish I could attend more events

Floor Painting

This is amazing. I own a carpet and floor store in Ann Arbor MI http://www.aacarpetandfloors.com I have never seen anything like this. I look forward to seeing this in person and hopefully, they will have more of these exhibits. Thanks for posting this.

I'm really disappointed that

I'm really disappointed that I couldn't make it to this after all... I really wanted to attempt floor painting myself after learning more about it. Major bummer!!

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