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2012.04.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Indian Folk Artist to Visit UNO, Design With Students

Omaha - An Indian folk artist will be visiting the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Thursday, April 5 to teach students how to create elaborate designs using every day items.

Vijayalakshmi Mohan (Vijaya) will be working with students from UNO’s Department of Art and Art History to create decorative floor designs called Rangoli. These designs can be created with materials ranging from colored rice to sand and even flour petals. They are meant as sacred welcoming areas for Hindu deities.

Mohan and UNO art students will be creating this Rangoli at Mammel Hall, located on UNO’s Pacific Street Campus.

According to her website, Mohan has been creating Rangoli since the age of five. She has since created Rangoli designs at the President’s Hotel for Japanese tourists, Mehru Planeterium, large auditoriums and community centers. In 2003 Mohan broke the Guinness World Record by single-handedly drawing a Rangoli that was 52 feet by 53 feet in seven hours without a break, nearly doubling the previous record.

Examples of Mohan’s work can be found on her website, http://www.varnamela.com.

For more information on Mohan’s visit, contact David Helm, professor of art and art history, at (402) 554.2207 or by email at dhelm@unomaha.edu.

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