India Unveiled

Fogartyville’s World Culture Series is a Peace Education and Action Center initiative sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, and Sarasota Arts and Culture Alliance, presenting the universal language of the arts with international and local artists in a holistic, cultural experience.

World Culture Series offers customary music, dance, food and art- $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Exhibit runs through April 30.

Seema Lisa Pandya is a first-generation American born daughter of East Indian immigrant parents. The influence of her mother (an artist and sculptor) and her father (a petroleum engineer) can be seen in her work as a balance between both logic/analytical and creative/abstract. Seema’s life long dedication and experience with art, music as a tabla student, and sustainability influences her artistic process and sensitivity. Reclaimed salvaged and non-toxic materials are often used in her work elevating the material life cycle as her process for creation is influenced from studying living systems. She has been involved in the arts since her birth in 1976. Seema currently sits on the board of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, New York Board of Directors for the IIDA International Interior Design Association and as a Co-Chair of the Sustainability Forum. She is Co-Director of Living Art Nexus, a non-profit project dedicated to art and the environment and also teaches a graduate class at FIT SUNI College in NYC called the Future of Sustainable Interiors. She currently resides and works in Brooklyn, New York tending her garden and working in her basement studio.

Tabla Tapestry 01 is an installation art piece made from used tabla pudis (the skins of the Indian classical tabla drum) donated by tabla schools and many musicians. Each round 'pudi' has had hundreds of hours of concentrated practice by musicians until the skin is no longer usable. Seema weaves the used drum heads together into a visual tapestry representing forms correlating between polyrhythmic tabla patterns and forms found in nature.