Photos by Wide-Eyed Photography
Floor Mandala Drawing
Diwali @ Cherry Street Pier
Hosted by Usiloquy Dance Designs
November 6, 2021
I am so honored to be invited to paint a floor mandala at the Diwali event hosted by Usiloquy Dance Designs, a Philadelphia-based Non-Profit Contemporary Indian Classical Dance Organization. I created a 6’ x 6’ mandala by hand on the floor using white chalk, rice paste, white paint, colored sand, and fresh flowers and had the pleasure of speaking about my work, history, and significance of mandala art. The fabulous dance performance by the Usiloquy artists crew led by the artistic director Ms. Shaily Dadiala and the musical performance by the Sitar artist Devi Majeske graced the event with festive spirit and cheer, which brought pleasant memories of my home country, India.
Road-Block Barrier Mural
Featured in PXV ART MAG
Fall Issue 2021
"The town of Phoenixville holds a special place in my heart because my art journey began at the Phoenix Village Art Center by simply signing up for a decoupage class. It was an amazing experience to paint the road-block barrier mural, meet the locals, artists, and to share my artwork in the Phoenixville community. The inspiration for my mural blocks, Summer Bloom 1 & 2, was finding beauty and staying positive no matter what the given circumstances are. I am grateful to the Borough of Phoenixville, Phoenixville First, and Teresa Haag Art for creating a safe space for artists to come together and share the joy of painting the road-block barriers while adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines."
- Vidya Shyamsundar
6'x 6' Mandala @ Yoga Secrets
Kennett Square PA
"I absolutely love the mandala that Vidya Shyamsundar painted on the wall of the practice room at our yoga studio. It is truly the centerpiece to our room, and creates the most beautiful focal point for our students. Everyone who sees it is blown away by the intricacies of her work and agrees that the mandala is stunning.
It was a pleasure to have Vidya do the work for us, and she made it so easy for us to create the atmosphere for our studio that we wanted. She came when she said would, did the work in a timely manner; cleaned up after herself and required no extra effort on our part. I would absolutely recommend Vidya and her artwork to everyone."
- Lexa, Co-Owner, Yoga Secrets
Sanskrit Prayer Mural
23'x 3' Salutations to the Goddesses @ Yoga Secrets
Kennett Square PA
The prayer is written in Devanagari script. Devanagari is part of the Brahmic family of scripts originated in ancient India, and the language Sanskrit is one of Devanagari derivations. These verses are taken from Devi Mahathmyam, a Hindu Scripture that praise the supreme power of Goddess Shakthi.
Meaning of the Mantra
The Hindu Goddess Shakthi is the personification of cosmic power in female form. She is the goddess of power, strength, and the mother of the universe. She is the embodiment of Rajas meaning movement and transformation; Tamas meaning matter and form; and Sattva meaning knowledge and awareness. She is the power beyond all creation, preservation, and destroyer of all misery. Salutations to you, O Narayini!