Oct 12, 2013
Oct 12, 2013
Here are a selection of behind the scenes imagery from Project Darshan.
All photographs taken by Ashish Gurbani and Manjari Sharma.
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 9, 2013
On the evening of October 7th, we hosted another event at the Gallery amongst the photographs of Darshan. The event, entitled ‘Sangnam’, honored the legacy of Hindu Deities, Yoga and consciousness.
Phil Goldberg, a spiritual counselor and meditation teacher, as well as a screenwriter and author of the monumental novel, 'American Veda', opened the night with a talk involving spirituality and the hindu influence on the western world. Eddie Stern, a Sanskrit scholar and renowned Yoga instructor at Broome Street Temple, followed up by discussing the Gods and worship in further detail and leading the gallery in incredible chanting. It was a fantastic opportunity to explore the spirituality and culture that were so influential to my photographs. Many thanks to Phil and Eddie for gracing us with their knowledge and humbling presence. It was truly a special night.
Oct 8, 2013
On September 30th, ClampArt, Sanskriti Center and I hosted an event dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses and their impact on visual and performing arts. The event featured a beautiful opening performance by critically acclaimed Bharatnatyam dancer, Swati Bhise, accompanied by renowned Carnatic Vocalist, Saavitri Ramanand amongst my Darshan Series currently up at the gallery.
This magical and moving presentation was followed by panel discussion led by Rachel Cooper, the Director of Cultural Events and Performing Arts at Asia Society. The panel consisted of myself, aforementioned Swati Bhise and Richard Davis, Author of Gods in Print and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Bard College. Rachel had some very insightful questions about the relationship between dance, music and the gods. It was very inspiring to see the delicate old prints Richard Davis brought out to share with us in order to provide a connection between ancient renderings and my photographs on the walls of the gallery. Swati described the relationship and influence that the dance and music have on each other in the most touching and intriguing way.
Taiis Pascall, founder of Trinayan Dance Theatre, then graced us with an energetic and fabulous closing dance performance. The evening wrapped up with delightful treats, catered by chef Surbhi Sahni of Bittersweet NYC, and scrumptious wine, so kindly provided by Sam Bhatia of Sufi Wines. Thank you to everyone that participated to make the night so wonderful!
Oct 3, 2013
"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly, than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection"—Bhagavad Gita
Mumbai-born and Brooklyn-based photographer Manjari Sharma's project “Darshan" shows us how "practice, faith, and devotion" can reveal the sublime. Originally funded as a Kickstarter campaign, Sharma raised the necessary money to research, design, and craft these elaborately staged sets. By eschewing photoshop and painstakingly maintaining the integrity of the classical depictions of the nine Hindu deities, Sharma invites us to reconsider the photograph, rather than sculpture or painting, as a medium for spiritual engagement.
For a behind the scenes revelation of the extensive work involved in creating these images, this video is helpful. For those interested in hearing from the artist, Sharma discusses her project here. For those of you in New York City, “Darshan” is on view at Clamp Art until October 12th. And for those of you who have read this far, good on you. —Lane Nevares
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Thanks Kickstarter for blogging about my show. This work is up at ClampArt in chelsea until October 12th.
Manjari Sharma’s photo exhibit Darshan opens tomorrow night (9/12) at ClampArt in NYC. The series finds Sharma recreating “nine classical images of Gods and Goddesses pivotal to mythological stories in Hinduism” through photography. Details on the opening here.
Aug 26, 2013
I have a story on the CNN photo blog today! Take a look here to see a broader selection of photos.