From May 16th to June 3rd the Firstontario Arts Centre in Milton was the home to Kala: The Colours of South Asia, an art exhibit showcasing South Asian art forms features both established as well as emerging local artists.
Over 300 guests attended Kala’s gallery opening night. It was one of the best openings the gallery has seen, cementing that the South Asian community was waiting for an opportunity like this to see themselves represented. This exhibit displayed various South Asian art techniques and everyone was encouraged to come and appreciate the beautiful art on display. This art exhibition was the first of its kind celebration of South Asian Heritage Month in Milton. The exhibition has artists from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan participating.
The six established artists showcasing South Asian Artwork were Aparna Rangnekar, David ji, Lakshmi Venkataraman, Nargis Naqvi, Poonam Sharma and Zunaira Mufti.
The 27 emerging artists who got to display 1 of their artwork in the gallery were: Aakanksha Bhalerao, Arefa Hararwala, Banumathi Dheepan, Dhara Parikh, Dipali Bendale, Farrah Merza, Jyoti Priya Nayak, Krittika Verma, Lipika Brahma, Miriam Thomson, Neena Jyoti, Nidhi Jog, Prachi Deodhar, Punita Nanda, Raksha Nukal, Rajeshwari Sahoo, Rose Johnson, Sameer Choksi, Sara Aziz, Sehba Faruqui, Shruthi Bylhalli, Shruthi Padmanabhan, Shweni Dindorkar Parmar, Sudarvizhi Mathiazhagan, Swathi Umesh, Vaishali Morey and Vatsal Patel.
SAMM (South Asian Mommies of Milton) Founder Diksha Pal Narayan said, “By understanding one’s culture, we can better understand one another and be more inclusive, which is why we wanted to give South Asian Artists a platform to showcase the beautiful and diverse art forms we offer the world. This was our second attempt to make our culture more accessible to Miltonians. The first was the Katha (Katha means story in Hindi) Panel discussion during the Women’s Day celebration in March. SAMM is a safe space for South Asian Mothers, and we want to share our culture with our neighbours in Milton.”