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Mehendi Maker: Indian Body Art



Following a centuries-old Indian tradition, Louisville artist Anupama Sahasrabudhe demonstrates how she designs elaborate mehendi on women’s hands for weddings and other special events. She also describes the community of Indian women in Louisville who meet to sing and play music preserving their traditions and heritage, showing the depth these cultural traditions have in their everyday lives.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use the segment to spark a discussion about the artist’s methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion. (See the “Making Art” section of the binder for activities that use this medium or are based on the artist’s ideas and approaches to art.)
  • Use the segment in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art.
  • Explore how traditions such as mehendi help us better understand and appreciate other cultures. Why do the women featured in this segment feel it is important to continue these traditions in America? Have students identify traditions from their cultures that they are perpetuating and discuss why. (See the excerpt from the World of Our Own teacher’s guide in the “Art & Culture” section of the binder.)
  • Use as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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