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The Henna Artist

An Online Galentine’s Day Book Club & Henna Demonstration: The Henna Artist

Feb 08, 6:00 PM–7:00 PM

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Add to Calendar 2/08/2022 6:00 PM 2/08/2022 7:00 PM America/Chicago An Online Galentine’s Day Book Club & Henna Demonstration: The Henna Artist

Join Dr. Lopita Nath as she presents book club participants with cultural context for the setting of The Henna Artist, using pieces from the Museum’s South Asian Collection. Following the discussion portion of the book club there will be a demonstration of henna application. Participants can follow along at home and create their own personalized henna designs. The Henna Artist as well as henna will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 

About the book: Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant Pink City of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later. Still, she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does. 

Dr. Lopita Nath is the Chair of the History Department and the Coordinator of the Asian Studies Program at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. She has taught for over 31 years, in the fields of Asian and World History, Migration Studies, Refugee Issues and Human Rights. Her research expertise is on Migration in Asia, human displacement, refugees, citizenship, and human rights. Her current research focuses on the Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in the USA.

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Join Dr. Lopita Nath as she presents book club participants with cultural context for the setting of The Henna Artist, using pieces from the Museum’s South Asian Collection. Following the discussion portion of the book club there will be a demonstration of henna application. Participants can follow along at home and create their own personalized henna designs. The Henna Artist as well as henna will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 

About the book: Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant Pink City of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later. Still, she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does. 

Dr. Lopita Nath is the Chair of the History Department and the Coordinator of the Asian Studies Program at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. She has taught for over 31 years, in the fields of Asian and World History, Migration Studies, Refugee Issues and Human Rights. Her research expertise is on Migration in Asia, human displacement, refugees, citizenship, and human rights. Her current research focuses on the Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in the USA.

Lectures and Artist Conversations are made possible by generous support from the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner lecture fund and the Bank of America lecture fund.  

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