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Eastern to Host Culture of India Workshop

Written by Nana Owusoagyemang


Willimantic, Conn. ¬¬- Eastern Connecticut State University will host Fulbright Award recipient Neeta Naik Omprakash for a series of workshops to educate students about the culture of India. The first workshop, "The Ganesha Festival in India and the Politics of the Festivals for Gods in India," will be held on Sept. 19 at 10 a. m.  and then repeated at noon in Room 210 Shafer Hall.  Omprakash's second workshop will discuss "Miniature Painting as a Reflection of the Mughal and Rajput Eras" at 8 a. m. on Sept. 20 and 11 a.m. in Shafer Hall, Room 216.

Omprakash studied art criticism at the University of Baroda in India and did post-graduate work at Mumbai University in comparative mythology. She has lectured at universities in India and the United States. In 2010, she spoke at the University of Connecticut, and Yale and Ohio State Universities.
 
She has conducted several workshops on the comparative arts, working with artists from visual and performing arts. This past summer, Omprakash, along with Eastern Visual Arts Professor Gail Gelburd and University of Connecticut Art Professor Kathryn Myers, presented a workshop on performance and installation art related to Tagore, in Goa, India.

  Omprakash has curated numerous exhibitions, published essays in catalogs, and written regularly for several newspapers and art magazines in India. She has also been the host of a series of television programs on the visual arts, where she interviewed contemporary artists.

She has also hosted a television program on Indian miniature paintings.
In 2012, Omprakash was awarded a one-year Fulbright grant to conduct research in the United States on Indian American artists and the use of contemporary mythology.

For more information on Omprakash's visit to Eastern, contact Gail Gelburd at gelburdg@easternct.edu  or 465-0195.

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