Exhibtion at North Carolina set to flesh out flavors of Hinduism


By NewsGram Staff Writer

North Carolina is all set to get imbued with flavors of Hinduism as “Art from Southern and Western Asia” exhibition at Ackland Art Museum of University of North Carolina, will be putting up varied Hindu gods on display till December 31st.

Photo credit: ackland.org
Photo credit: ackland.org

Made of sandstone, granite, phyllite, green schist, bronze and copper, varied Hindu deities will be put on display. Ranging from Vishnu, Ganesha, Parvati, Varaha; to Shiva Linga and Saint Sambandar, these idols would be exhibiting a variegated timeline, some of the idols being of the second century CE and some never displayed before.

Conveying his gratitude to the Ackland Art Museum for displaying Hindu deities, Rajan Zed, a distinguished Hindu statesman, said art has a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature has talked extensively on religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth, as quoted in Nevada Today.

Zed, who is also the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, has 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 conduct Hindu art focused exhibitions in the recent past so that the world gets to know more about Hindu art and heritage.

Apart from exhibitions, Ackland Art Museum also conducts yoga sessions in its galleries.

Renowned as “one of North Carolina’s most important cultural resources”, Ackland Art Museum was launched in 1958 and has over 17,000 artworks in its permanent collection.’