Art Professor Presents Work to India's First Lady
Suvra Mukherjee with NIU School of Art professor Bart Woodstrup
Bart Woodstrup with his family presenting Under Saraswati River to Suvra Mukherjee, First Lady of India
Mandala image used in Under Saraswati River
On a trip to India during the holiday break, NIU Time Arts professor Bart Woodstrup had the opportunity to present some of his work to Her Excellency Suvra Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (India's Presidential Palace).
Bart presented several digital prints and a video documentation of his multimedia composition entitled Under Saraswati River. The video was recorded on October 26, 2012 in the NIU School of Music Recital Hall and featured Curtis Bahn (extended sitar and effects) and Robert Chappell (percussion). The full performance can be seen here.
In addition to being married to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, Suvra Mukherjee is an accomplished Rabindra Sangeet (Songs of Rabindra) singer.
Under Saraswati River is in reference to Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of learning, arts, and science. Saraswati is referred to as a river goddess, because she is named for a river that once flowed in Northern India. The work features visual and sonic references to environmental concerns relating to water.
More information on the work can be found here.