My Inspiration… Our world is fraught with insecurity of virtually every kind today. It is a period of tribulation. But all is not lost, nor is the situation beyond redemption.
Over 2500 years ago, the lone, powerful voice of Lord Buddha served to quell the fears of mankind and worked to bring people together by showing the way forward through the exercise of love, compassion and non-violence. That esteemed philosophy, birthed out of Enlightenment, helped spread the message of Peace and goodwill, that is as relevant now as it was when those words were first uttered millennia ago. We are therefore secure in the knowledge that there is no darkness that can conquer dawn. ~Sangeeta Abhay
I dedicate my work to the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, and trust that the artworks will inspire you as much as they invigorated me while creating them. Let us collectively affirm to renounce negative thoughts, words and deeds; and instead, embrace the all-encompassing virtues that have been bequeathed to us by the Buddha.
The keyboard is an integral part of our daily communication. In keeping with the theme of sharing messages through the electronic medium, this unique sculpture of the Buddha in the Bhumisparsha Mudra comprises 108 scrap keyboards. The keyboards constitute eight quotes by the Enlightened One. Even though the average “lifespan” of a keyboard is no more than three to four years at best; the message of peace and love in this extraordinary artwork, now immortal, is bound to resonate for all time.
Empires have risen and fallen. Civilizations reached the pinnacle of their glory and disappeared without a trace. Wars have been waged down the millennia, and a great tumult clouded our very existence. But the one beacon of hope that has towered despite the seemingly insurmountable odds that each era presented is Peace.
The history of our own country shows that it has not been bereft of its share of dark times; and yet, we have always stood firm and unified, much to the astonishment of the rest of the world, because we steadfastly adhered to the path of ahimsa or non-violence.
To inculcate in our children unchanged truisms passed down the centuries that reveal the survival of humankind hinges on tranquility.
Yet another fabulous creation, this Buddha showcases a collection of positive news from all across the globe. Such reports in the Press are often buried under a pile of negative and disturbing news. I loves to create these “good news Buddha” images every year has unearthed the positive articles in that fervent hope that people will refer to them even decades later and thereby realise that no situation is beyond redemption. Just as the good news envelopes the Buddha, so too our lives will be touched by peace and tranquility, I fervently hope..