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Standard Chartered Sponsors ‘Forms of Devotion: the Spiritual in Indian Art’

The Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA), Belgium is pleased to announce the launch of Forms of Devotion: The Spiritual in Indian Art, a multidimensional arts project conceptualized around the notion of the spiritual and devotional in Indian art.  It explores the theme through artistic creations in different forms and styles, across ideologies and philosophies as well as faiths and regions of India. Forms of Devotion will feature a major exhibition utilising the entire Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), alongside the launch of an accompanying illustrated book and film. This coincides with a festival of spiritual music and performance as well as an extensive education programme.  Across all platforms, the project aims to engage with representations of icons and ideas of myths, folklore, popular culture and sufi spirit in diverse forms and genres.

everything forms of devotion The exhibition will include about 300 works by over 150 artists chosen from over 1600 works in the  MOSA collection and will be exhibited at the LKA, New Delhi from 21 March – 26 April 2015.  Held in partnership with the LKA, the exhibition will extend to all their galleries as well as open spaces at Rabindra Bhawan, in central Delhi’s lively cultural hub.  Initiated by Martin Gurvich(Founder and Director of MOSA), the exhibition will be curated by Sushma K Bahl (former Head of Arts & Culture at the British Council, author of 5000 years of Indian Art and esteemed curator) and co-curated by Archana B Sapra (Co-Founder of Arts4All Trust).

A two volume illustrated book accompanies the exhibition and includes contributions from Indian and international authorities on different aspects of devotional art including Devdutt Pattanaik, George Michell and Dr Madhu Khanna amongst others.  It is being co-published by MOSA and Niyogi Books.

Forms of Devotion has also commissioned a film, Studios of Devotion directed by Goutam Ghose with Jagannath Guha as Associate Director and script and presentation by Desmond Lazaro. The film captures artists at work across India to help audiences understand their aesthetics and working methods.

Festival of Spiritual Arts curated by Sanjoy Roy of Teamwork Arts, the Sangeet Natak Akademi(SNA) and the LKA will run in conjunction with the exhibition and will include music and dance performances inspired by specific works and staged in and around the gallery and the Meghdoot theatre.  The program will also include lectures, live demonstrations, art film screenings, discussions, gallery walks, digital outreach, performance and extensive educational outreach.

Forms of Devotion will be presented in India by not-for-profit organization Arts4All on behalf of MOSA, jointly with the LKA. Besides the LKA and SNA, the Indian Ministry of Culture and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations are also supporting the project. Standard Chartered Bank has come on board as sponsor of the project.

Written by: by EE News Desk 

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