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Sapta Svara: An Exhibition of Indian Folk Art by Jugnu Verma

 

Sapta Svara: An Exhibition of Indian Folk Art by Jugnu Verma
February 2 - April 3, 2022

 

Jugnu Verma received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage award in 2021 for traditional Indian folk arts.

The exhibition features the origin of Indian musical notes. In Indian classical music,  an octave has seven notes called ‘Sapta Svara’. The notes are Sa,re,ga,ma,pa,dha,ni (similar to western music do,re,mi,fa,so,la,ti)

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March 12
Traditional Indian Folk Art Parent-Child Workshop
Join us for a parentchild workshop on Saturday, March 12 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.for a hands-on exploration of traditional Indian folk art. Participants will create colorful Madhubani Art bookmarks under the guidance of Jugnu Verma. Suitable for children ages 6-12. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The workshop will take place in the Koger Center Upstairs Gallery and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and limitied to the first 30 participants. To make a reservation or for more information please call (803) 777-7500.

March 16
Henna Demonstration and Gallery Tour
Henna design has been used as art to decorate the body for over 5,000 years. Explore this ancient practice with Jugnu Verma as she demonstrates the traditional art of Indian henna design, known as Mehendi. Participants will have the opportunity to receive a henna drawing on their hands from Verma as part of the demonstration. The demonstration will be followed by a brief tour of the exhibit, Sapta Svara: An Exhibition of Indian Folk Art by Jugnu Verma. The demonstration will take place in the Koger Center Upstairs Gallery and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and limitied to the first 20 participants. To make a reservation or for more information please call (803) 777-7500.

March 19
Gallery Tour
Sapta Svara: An Exhibition of Indian Folk Art by Jugnu Verma • Join us for a gallery tour of the Upstairs Gallery led by South Carolina Arts Commission Folk Heritage Award winner Jugnu Verma. Reservations are required and limited to the first 20 participants. To make a reservation or for more information please call (803) 777-7500.

 

This project is funded in part by The South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from The National Endowment for the Arts. This project is also funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Jugnu Verma was born in Bihar, the state in India where the art form Madhubani painting originated. Growing up in Bihar, Verma found herself surrounded by Madhubani artists, whose painting was characterized by distinctive geometric patterns. Madhubani paintings depict people, nature, and scenes featuring Hindu deities. Objects like the sun and moon are also common, along with scenes from the royal court and social events like weddings. Madhubani painting was one of the skills passed down, primarily by women, from generation to generation in the families of the Mithila Region of Bihar. Verma developed an interest in it at an early age. She was fascinated by the variety of tools involved in creating the paintings, including the fingers, twigs, and brushes. Verma took the initiative and learned the art form from her neighbors.

Rangoli, another traditional art form with cultural significance in the Indian community, involves the creation of colorful patterns on the floor using sand, flower petals, rice flour, lentils, and beans. Verma learned rangoli from her neighbor’s grandmother, who taught her the different styles and symbolism within the art. Over the years, Verma improvised and took her work in a variety of creative directions. Typically, rangolis are made at the entrance of homes and temples to bring good luck and as a welcome symbol for visitors. They are an important part of celebratory festivals like Diwali and Onam.

Henna is a plant-based dye that is used to create temporary designs on the body and is an integral part of Indian weddings and festivals. During a traditional Indian wedding, the mehndi (henna) ceremony involves applying henna designs to the bride and to the guests. Verma learned the traditional art from her mother, a seasoned henna artist. Growing up, Verma created henna designs on her sisters, cousins, aunts, and friends. Thirty years later, henna artistry has become an important part of Verma’s creative lifestyle, and she is a prominent henna artist in South Carolina.

Verma is eager and enthusiastic about sharing her artistic traditions through her work as a Diwali (Indian Festival of Lights) party organizer and in workshops, and exhibitions at the Columbia Museum of Art; the rangoli educator at Overdue: Curated for the Creative, Richland County Main Library; and as a lead artist at Artista Vista in Columbia. Verma enjoys working with young people and teaches traditional Indian art forms extensively in the local school districts.

Verma feels it is important for South Carolinians to know about India and its culture and she serves as a cultural ambassador through her work throughout the state. She is passionate about cultural outreach and building bonds with the larger community. According to Verma, “Folk art enhances and enriches celebrations and rituals, and it tells people who others are.”