Golden Eid

$350.00

Artist Name

Sangeetha Kowsik (IhsanIshan Design)

Artwork Description

My Eid Design is inspired by the Islamic Center of NYU & Hindu Temples from watching services online due to the pandemic. The Islamic Center at NYU is a very special place of knowledge, love, understanding they welcome everyone into their community regardless of their religion.
Ramadan concludes with morning Eid Prayers outside in Washington Square Park which is so special and absolute magic. Though I’m the Hindu Chaplain for NYU, my friends Imam Khalid Latif (Sunni, Founder of the Islamic Center of NYU) and Sheikh Faiyaz (Shia) have always included me in
Eid prayers, I have celebrated with the IC 6 times.
The Golden Arch was inspired by Washington Square Arch but drawn as a Thiruvachi in Tamil/Prabhavali in Sanskrit, ornamental/decorative pillars found in Hindu temples representing a ring of light (Noor in Islam)/the endless greatness of the divine. Gold symbolizes knowledge, learning, meditation. All lessons to be learned during Ramadan. The lion head represents a reminder to surrender our ego to the divine.
Islam means surrender or submission to God. Peacocks represent beauty/knowledge & the all-seeing/knowing divine in Hinduism, their feathers used as bookmarks for the Holy Quran in many cultures.
Eid Mubarak is written on top in Arabic, & Eid Ambarki Ighudan in Tamazight language for my Moroccan family:
we might be physically apart but connected through our hearts and digitally.

Artwork Medium

Digital Gold Foil Print Technique

Dimensions

11″ x 14″ – Unframed

 

Availability: 1 in stock

Artist Name: Sangeetha Kowsik (IhsanIshan Design)

Artist Bio

Sangeetha Kowsik was born in Fremont, CA, a Parsons School of Design grad, is an NYC-based designer, interfaith chaplain, educator, and established gallery artist. The only person in the world doing this: A Hindu, Indian American woman who’s an Islamic/Arabic calligrapher.  Sangeetha is the Hindu Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor of NYU/Columbia Universities, founder of NYU Hindu Center, founding member of NAHCA (North American Hindu Chaplain Association), and awarded “Chaplain of the Year” for her interfaith initiatives by Chelsea Clinton.

She was the head designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has worked extensively in fashion, beauty, luxury, museums, skateboarding/streetwear industries, and has a deep love and appreciation for all world cultures, religions, and art history.  Her unique background influences her work which is rooted in faith, activism, culture, design, and social justice.

Her award-winning brand IhsanIshan Design inspires peace, understanding, change, and brings the world together by working for religious, cultural, and ethnic unity by connecting across global cultures through design, told through the art of Arabic Calligraphy. Each piece has a strong, powerful, meaningful message/concept behind it to fight negative perceptions/biases, educates by showcasing positive, unique, interconnected stories that celebrate global cultures and diversity. The brand was initially launched to celebrate both Islam and Hinduism, its shared traditions, educate, and bring about peace and understanding, it now includes Black Lives Matter (a recipient of numerous awards for social justice, interfaith, and global change initiatives) and the  Amazigh (indigenous) peoples of North Africa.

Sangeetha hopes to bring her message of peace through design to build a more understanding, just, compassionate world.

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