April 11, 2019
Exhibit: Kathmandu’s Living Art
Work by Sharmila Shahi Faiia
May 1 – 31, 2019
Reception: Sunday May 12, 2 – 4 PM
Visit the Portsmouth Public Library’s Levenson Room during the month of May to view Kathmandu’s Living Art, work by Nepalese artist Sharmila Shahi Faiia.
Sharmila’s work is strongly influenced by the traditional art norms of South Asia and Tibet. It is an expression of the intricacy, beauty and richness of two vibrant cultural streams that permeate the lives of billions of people across the globe. In particular her pencil drawings and acrylics illustrate the blending of Buddhism and Hinduism unique to the Kathmandu Valley and Newar people. Art in Nepal is deeply connected to people’s daily lives and their religious observances. It is not something relegated to museums but found widely in the public sphere and in daily rituals in people’s homes.
Don’t miss the reception on Sunday, May 12 from 2 to 4 PM, with a talk by Professor Todd Lewis, “Seeing and Understanding Living Buddhist Arts.” Lewis’ research focus for over thirty years has been Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley, particularly the traditions found among the Newars, the indigenous population of Nepal’s capital. Light refreshments served. Free and open to all! View this event on Facebook!
Sharmila Shahi Faiia has training in classical Nepalese and Indian dance, and studied drawing and painting in the Colombo Academy of Art in Sri Lanka and at the Nepal Traditional Handicraft Training Center in Kathmandu.