Students at the Mithila Art Institute (India)
Scroll art of the goddess Durga
"The Lotus Pond" (2005) by Amrita Jha
Visiting artist Rani Jha
An image from the H. Daniel Smith Poster Archive
A detail from "HIV/AIDS" (2004) by Manimala Chitrakar

2014 Ray Smith Symposium: “Transformations in South Asian Folk Arts, Aesthetics, and Commodities”

From Feb. 27 to March 1, 2014, Syracuse University will present the Ray Smith Symposium “Transformations in South Asian Folk Arts, Aesthetics, and Commodities.” Nearly a dozen scholars and artists from around the world will headline lectures, academic panels, workshops, and exhibitions devoted to South Asian folk art traditions in the modern world. Special focus will be on Mithila art from northern India and the adjoining regions of Nepal.

SU South Asia Center

“Transformations” is presented by the South Asia Center in the Maxwell School's Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs, in conjunction with The College of Arts and Sciences and the Cornell-Syracuse South Asia Consortium.


"Transformations" incorporates various projects from around campus, including three SUArt Galleries exhibitions, running concurrently from Jan. 30 to March 16: “Mithila Painting: The Evolution of an Art Form,” organized by the Ethnic Arts Foundation (EAF); “Modern Visions, Sacred Tales,” culled from the H. Daniel Smith Poster Archive in SU Libraries; and “Featured Artwork: Selections from The Ruth Reeves Collection of Indian Folk Art.”

It also offers related academic courses and a nine-day residency by master painter and teacher Rani Jha.