Aeilushi Mistry

2023 Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Artistic Discipline: Cultural Heritage
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Brooklyn Heights

'Aarti' Hindu Lamp Ceremony is a tradition connected with rivers and performed at dawn and dusk at the banks of a river. In India and Hindu tradition, the river is revered as Mother that nutures and provides sustenance. A lit lamp signifies life in Hindu tradition and is used to mark a begining of a ceremony. Lighting of lamp also signifies removal of negative tendencies to purify our hearts. Participants make connection with river, pond or a water body by placing hand decorated palm leaf lit lamps in the river for peace and harmony. The palm leaf lamps are hand decorated using natural ceremony colors. This ceremony engages the community in collective art making. This ceremony will be performed at the banks of East River, Pebble Beach, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo in the month of August 2023. Date will be announce shortly. Please follow up and sign up on FB or Instagram for details.

Photo by Eric Alemida