Last spring, nine Arcadia students ventured to India to learn about “visual culture” in a class taught by Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor and Director of the Communications program. During their nine-day cross-cultural journey, “We visited the proverbially great Taj Mahal, the epic and erotically sculptured temples of Khajuraho, the intensely busy streets of Mumbai, the industrious slums of Dharavi, and the tribal artists of the Warli Village,” says Lauren “Ren” Manley ’09, in the most recent issue of Arcadia magazine.
Now, days after the terrorist attack on Mumbai that left nearly 200 dead, the group photo they took inside the Taj Majal Hotel provides a stark contrast between the city they visited and the burning landmark they saw on the news. While the students did visit the legendary Taj Mahal, the mausoleum often referred to as “the jewel of Muslim art in India,” they found the rest of the country far more interesting. The Taj turned out to be just a building. The real treasure turned out to be the people and culture of India.
Join these students in sharing your thoughts and messages with some of those people they met in India. Comment here or write a note on the paper next to the visual display of their experience in The Chat, outside the game room.