Art Fast

The Inspiration

Art Fast is a cultural mapping process, through which people from different cultures can experience the universal elements of Hindu philosophy through a medium/practice that they best understand and relate to. Art Fast is centered on a 9-day Hindu festival called Navaratri. The essence of this festival is to connect with the divine creative energy that resides within all of us. While devoted Hindus fast (minimize food intake) during this festival in honor of the Goddess, Art Fast participants fast on their creative process / daily distractions and rejuvenate / discover their creative spirit. Participation can be in two ways:

1. Online through the 9-day creative fast
2. Physical participation through events organized in New York city

Goals

  • Communicate the intrinsic values of South Asian culture through a process of cultural mapping. i.e. understanding another culture through a medium or practice that one can best relate to.
  • Introduce the lesser known South Asian art forms
  • Facilitate creative collaborations between various creative professionals of various cultural backgrounds - artist, performers, writers, designers etc.
  • Inspire creativity in artists and non-artists
  • Design events that are culturally rich and enggaing