Sanskritik Mandala VI
(12.08.2019 – 09.09.2019)
Vilnius (Lithuania) and Tallinn (Estonia).
“Sanskritik Mandala” is an ongoing art project between Lithuania and India, or better to say – circulation of artists between two cultures, just as its title “cultural circle” (from Hindi lang.) presupposes. In 2016, it started as a non-commercial initiative to form a dialogue between two geographically and culturally distinct regions. The project aims to bring together artists and creators, inspire circulation and exchange of distinct artistic practices, represent contemporary, modern or even classical art as well as practices and tendencies of Indian art to Lithuanian audiences. Today project is being organized for the sixth time and becomes a well-established event of interdisciplinary art and culture.
The 6th part of cultural Mandala took place from August 12th to September 9th, 2019, this time stretching from Vilnius to Tallinn, Estonia. Programme of this year delivered variety of cultural happenings, such as individual creative work in artist residency, creative joint process of Indian-Lithuanian artists in our gallery space Galera as well as in Cultural Centre of Tallinn, open lecture about cinema industry of Mumbai, preview session of documentary “The Shepherds of Paradise”, creative workshop of Sanskrit language, cultural tours and meetings with other artists. Tallinn opened entirely distinct perspective by offering its artist residency of Kopper and interaction in Estonian Academy of Arts, and, of course, was an interesting destination for its famous art objects and museums. By expanding its activities into other Baltic states, “Sanskritik Mandala” aims towards new opportunities, growth and development.
Participants: Biluka Nirmala – PhD artist from Hyderabad city, implementing her conceptual artworks by interdisciplinary means, both materials and symbols used in her works aim to represent harmony of the Universe. Navjot Sohal – sculptor, immersed in subtleties of architecture and jewellery, who finds out original shapes and solutions for her artistic ideas, therefore elements of Lithuania will appear in series of her artwork. Another artist from India Likhita Mahajan – Kriščiukaitienė lives in Lithuania for a number of years, presents an artwork that symbolizes Lithuanian-Indian relationship: it speaks of inner conflicts, the opposition of body and mind. Photographer Jovita Ambrazaitytė continues her cyanotype experiments that she began in India. Painter Aušra Kleizaitė in her dynamic works explores cultural and aesthetic link between East and West.
The main theme of Sanskritik Mandala VI was deeply rooted in symbols as means of communicating with audience. Symbols in artworks, in workshop of Sanskrit and every other event became the fundamental part of discussion that summarizes and unites project as one cultural bond between Lithuania and India.