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While few in the art world truly understood the lifestyle and culture behind these photographs, there were some exceptions. Peter Nagy, the curator of Neti-Neti, is a former East Village art dealer who relocated his gallery, Nature Morte, to New Delhi about eleven years ago. “He’s among the few that appreciate and understand the complex relationship that ISKCON, and especially its second generation, has with India,” says Brahma. “But people who don’t share the same understanding are often moved to ask important questions when they see the photos.”
Questions usually begin with “What is their relationship to India and its culture?” and “How come they’re wearing saris although they’re not Indian?” But these often lead on to deeper inquiries, such as “How does a relationship like this happen?” and “What is the Hare Krishna movement’s philosophy?”
Brahma is not out to convert the art world to Krishna consciousness, but he welcomes such interest, and his projects continue to reflect this attitude.
His next project, like Constructing the Exotic, will also draw from classic paintings – this time, 17th century Dutch still-lifes. “The original paintings were a display of Dutch colonial power, depicting objects which the Dutch East Indian Company had taken from India,” Brahma says. “But today, anything you could buy in a store in Mumbai, Calcutta or Delhi can be bought in the little-India section of most major US cities – and so that’s where I’ll be getting the objects that will feature in my new series, Little Indian Still-Lifes. Thus the series will have the visual quality of Dutch still-life, but will tell the story of India settling in the US rather than of Western colonial power.”
Little Indian Still-Lifes will also probe multiple layers of meaning. “Dutch still-life also had a hidden spiritual side,” Brahma-Muhurta explains. “At the time, religious images were forbidden by the Dutch Reformed Protestant Church. So artists would insert covert symbols to explore spiritual topics. For instance, a watch, skulls, and rotten fruit stood for death; while a flickering candle stood for time.”
Brahma’s exhibit will incorporate similar religious symbolism, albeit with a more Indian flavor. “The candle of Dutch still-life will be replaced by a ghee lamp,” he says, adding that the temporariness of this world is also a major talking point in Vaishnava philosophy. “We’re warned that we must take advantage of what little time we have, because death is just around the corner.”
At only twenty-seven, Brahma’s career is taking off swiftly. This summer, he’ll be curating the shows Opposing Photographers and The Form Itself at New York City’s Bond Street Gallery and Priska C. Juschka Fine Art. Little Indian Still-Lifes will debut in early 2010, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Brahma also focuses on projects more directly connected to ISKCON – he’s currently working on a photographic archive of Krishna’s birthplace, Vrindavana. “Srivatsa Goswami’s institution, the Sri Caitanya Prema Samasthan, hold photos of Vrindavana that go back to the late nineteenth century,” he says. “Using these as a reference, I’ll be looking at Vrindavana’s ancient form, its middle-aged renaissance, and finally the urbanization that began in the seventies and has sadly come to a head within the past ten years. The project will most probably evolve into a large publication featuring all the photos.”
The bulk of Brahma’s photography isn’t so directly connected to Krishna consciousness. Still, he considers it devotional service, since he uses it to support his Krishna conscious family. “I feel that it’s almost offensive to deny your creative inclinations, which are God-given,” he says. “When I wrote an essay for my undergraduate application process, I had to answer the question: ‘Marcel Duchamp, arguably one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, gave up art to play chess later in his career. If you gave up art, what would you do?’”
Brahma’s answer highlights how wonderful Krishna consciousness is. “I did give up art once,” he wrote. “But then I found that to follow the lifestyle I wanted to live, I didn’t have to.”« first
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh with the American President, Mr. George W. Bush at oval office, in Washington DC, during his visit to the United States, on September 25, 2008.
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TTD Executive Officer Sri K.V.Ramanachary paying floral tributes to the statue of Bharath Ratna M.S.Subbulakshmi on the occassion of her 92nd Birth Anniversary in Tirupati on Sep 16. TTD Board Member Sri Chavireddy Bhaskar Reddy is also seen.
Tirupati, 16 Sep (C.P.R.O) Smt. M.S.Subbulakshmi, a legend in carnatic music made a great service in popularising of Annamacharya Sankeerthanas across the globe told Sri K.V.Ramanachary, Executive Officer TTDs. He made floral tributes to Bharat Ratna M.S.Subbulakshmi statue located at over bridge circle in tirupati on September 16 on the occasion of her 92 nd birth anniversary.
While speaking with media the E.O said that Smt. Subbulakshmi was a great devotee of Lord Balaji and she sang so many sankeerthanas praising the grandevour of the Lord. Her songs and keerthanas like Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatham, Sri Vishnu Sahasranaman, Balaji Pancharatnamala etc. are famous in the music world.
Later, the artists of Annamacharya Project performed sankeerthana gostiganam at her statue. Later all the artists and people have participated in nagara sankeerthana from overbridge circle to Annamacharya Kalamandiram.
Sri Chavireddy Bhaskar Reddy, Member TTD Trust Board, Sri Medasani Mohan, Director Annamacharya Project, Sri Korada Ramakrishna, Co-ordinator and others have participated in the programme.
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The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh arrived at John F Kennedy Airport in New York on his visit to the United States, on September 23, 2008. The Indian Ambassador, Shri Ronen Sen and the Ambassador/permanent Representative of India at United Nation , Sh.Nirupam Sen are also seen.
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