JULY 2020
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Hindu Students Council (HSC) launched its first online benefit arts competition, called Hindu Dharma through the Arts (HDA 2020), on July 1. This initiative is a way to encourage creativity and engagement with Hindu identity, aims to provide a platform for artistic expression, and creates an innovative avenue to donate money for Covid-19 response efforts.

The theme is storytelling. All art submissions must either tell a story of how the participant has grappled with and embraced his/her/their identity as a Hindu or a story from Hindu texts, oral traditions, Itihasas, Panchatantra, etc.

Kiran Rajkumar, president of the HSC chapter at the University of South Florida (USF) and co-organizer of HDA, remarked: “During these trying times, many of us have turned to art as an outlet for creative expression and therapeutic release. Personally, I find relief in painting and classical dancing, and I know many others feel the same. I figured an arts showcase could unite members of the Hindu community through a common theme.”

Money raised by HDA will be donated to Sewa International USA's Covid-19 Fund, which will be used to support individuals and families in the United States.

Applicants of any age can apply in a variety of art categories: dance, music, visual arts, photography/film/drama, writing, and cooking. Participants may submit in as many categories as they would like with a maximum of two entries per category. The deadline for submission is July 31.

The finalists’ art will be posted on the HSC website, and there will be prizes awarded in each category. A panel of judges will review the artwork based on originality, creativity, ability to convey meaning, authenticity to the Hindu story, and execution. After the submission deadline, all artwork will be posted online, and patrons will be encouraged to donate money to support their favorite artwork. There will be a prize for the artwork that raises the most money.

For more information, visit www.hindustudentscouncil.org or email HSC at info@hindustudentscouncil.org

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