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Krishna: Mythology and Worship
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2009 exhibition featuring "drawings, principally dating from the eighteenth-century...produced in the royal ateliers of the courts of Rajasthan and the Pahari hills of the Punjab. This exhibition provides unfettered insight into the creative process that underlies Indian miniature painting and signals the importance of the art of drawing in the later court arts of Hindu India." With images of 7 drawings from the exhibition.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2008/krishna
Mandalas, Polygons, and Symmetry
The Kennedy Center, ArtsEdge
Students will explore the mathematics behind mandalas, including but not limited to shapes and symmetry.

Go to Museum Resource: https://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons/grade-6-8/Mandalas_and_Po...
Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion
The Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art
India is a remarkably complex country. Throughout its several millennia of history, its many kingdoms, empires, invasions and trading contacts have created unparalleled cultural diversity.

Go to Museum Resource: https://huntingtonarchive.org/Exhibitions/meetingGodExhibit.php
Shadow Theater - Bringing Your Character to Life
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Students use visual evidence to convey character by constructing a visual identity for their shadow puppet, and demonstrate principles of shadow-casting and puppet-making by performing their shadow play. Download lesson plans, a puppet template and related unit on the Story of Rama.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/shadow-theater-bringing-your-character...
South Asian and Himalayas Art: Overview
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
The arts of South Asia and the Himalayas are closely intertwined with the subcontinent's many religious traditions. This region, which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, is the birthplace of three major religions: Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The Islamic kingdoms that were established in South Asia in the twelfth century brought new visual traditions to the subcontinent. Explore their past exhibits on South Asian and Himalayan art.

Go to Museum Resource: https://asia.si.edu/exhibitions/south-asian-and-himalayan-art/
The Story of Rama [PDF]
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
In this unit, students are introduced to the basic background of Balinese Hinduism and to one of its main texts, the Ramayana (The Story of Rama), about a prince and his long hero’s journey. It began in India and spread among many countries throughout Asia. Its text is a major thread in the culture, religion, history, and literature of millions.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/10/Rama.pdf
Warrior Kings and Divine Jesters: Indonesian Rod Puppets [PDF]
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
This packet is designed to give an introduction to the world of Indonesian three-dimensional rod puppet theater (wayang golek) and to the stories told in performances using these puppets. Stories include Islamic and Javanese historical tales as well as Indonesian versions of the Ramayana, the epic story of the hero Rama.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/12/WarriorKingsD...
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