BY SANGEETHA VANI ADHARMA SATRU and SUBHASHINI ADHARMA SATRU
SEBERANG JAYA - The Youth section of the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion and Understanding, Seberang Jaya, Malaysia, were given the honour to create an art gallery as a tribute to the ISKCON Founder-acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada in conjuction with the 50th Anniversary of the Jaladutta Yatra. This gallery will be the first of its kind in South East Asia and East Asia. It will host some intricate, beautiful works of art commemorating the journey of His Divine Grace, from the early years, when Srila Prabhupada had set his feet in Malaysia and which initiated the development of Krishna consciousness in Malaysia. This gallery consists of a variety of art styles by skillful artists. We have for example pyrography, wax work, robots, hyper realism art (Penang Street Art), graffiti, oil painting, dioramas, miniatures, 3D art and many more. This gallery will be divided into four sections.
a. Srila Prabhupada’s room and roof top Tulasi gardens
In this room, we will have one of its kind murti of Srila Prabhupada. Now you may wonder why are we saying that its one of a kind. This murti will not be like any others as we are looking into every detail including each wrinkles, spots, hair and veins. In other words you can see Srila Prabhupada himself in this room. His posture will also be unique but real, which in fact will be the masterpiece of our gallery. Outside of Srila Prabhupada’s room, will be two beautiful rooftop Tulasi gardens where visitors can spend time and focus on chanting the maha mantra amidst Tulasi maharani.
b. ‘He built a house where the whole world can live in’
This section will consist of Srila Prabhupada’s hardship and difficulties travelling to the west, giving Krishna Consciousness to everyone and his huge contribution to the whole world. This section will also feature dioramas, robots and other arts beyond description, which can only be appreciated by life viewing.
c. Srila Prabhupada in Malaysia
Back in 1971, Srila Prabhupada paid a six day visit to Malaysia. During His Divine Grace’s visit, many interesting events took place. Therefore we will be presenting all these events to spark your interest even further. All these events will be featured in mini dioramas.
d. The Hidden Jewel
From the Vedic times, Malaysia has been very much known for her Malaya Chandan. After Srila Prabhupada’s arrival much has happened here in Malaysia in spreading Krishna Consciousness that many devotees who visited Malaysia have spoken of this country as ‘The Hidden Jewel’. Therefore this section will consist of recordings of Vedic civilization in South East Asia, Malaysia and finally the beginning of Krishna Consciousness in this ‘Hidden Jewel’.
Therefore we would like to extend our invitation to the whole ISKCON community all over the world to attend the grand unveiling of Srila Prabhupada’s Art Gallery ‘WALKING WITH SRILA PRABHUPADA’ on the 30th of August 2015 in the spanking new Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion and Understanding in Seberang Jaya, Malaysia which will be opened on the 29th of August 2015. Join us for a host of activities, including an epic performance by us the youths, a maha abhishek of Srila Prabhupada and beautiful Srila Prabhupada’s lila katha.
We are left with two months to make this gallery a reality. However to make this happen, we need all help possible. We have raised 50 percent of the estimated budget and works are in progress. Therefore we are humbly seeking everyone’s help to complete this tribute that we, the youths are trying to offer to Srila Prabhupada and for the future generation to always remember the hardships that Srila Prabhupada had went through to give this precious nectar and mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Whatever the size of donation will be much appreciated. Donation schemes are as follows :
1. Jaladutta sevak RM108
2. Thompkins Square Park sevak RM1008
3. Bhaktivedanta sevak RM5001
4. Prabhupada sevak RM10,008
5. Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati sevak RM 20,001
Feel free to contact us in regards to how you can make a donation or any details you would like to inquire on this gallery. You may contact :
Simheswara Das: 60123798743 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sangeeta Vani: 60177621086 or email@example.com
Subhashini: 60177291086 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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