Bela Suresh Roongta

I Wonder…

Tonight the piano plays and the lobby lounge sings with the sound of their voices and the song of their laughter. There is a group of 15, tables of 2-3 and me, hidden in the background.… Read the rest “I Wonder…”

Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes is a collection of work created in honor and celebration of the lives and homes lost to the fires of mother nature, gun violence and our own humanity.  
Bela Suresh Roongta

where basketball meets art…

“you can call me anything”he said with the kindest of smiles

 we were in rosy’s studio he was playing the guitar and i was seeking refuge

 it had been an exciting weekmy firstas the pfister’s narrator there was orientation a video shoota trip to the indian grocery storeand keys to the kingdom

they were an unlikely duotalking blues and artbut her spirit and hisdanced in a kind of rhythm 

“Nina.”… Read the rest “where basketball meets art…”
Bela Suresh Roongta

travel to india and experience the art of henna here at the pfister…

as a little girl,  my love for henna awakened me and all of my senses in a way that has never left me

 and even now the smell takes   me back to india, on the floor of my   grandfather’s flat, there is singing and spirited conversation—  the kind that only comes when women gather to prepare the bride for the wedding to come and let go of one of their own it is this feeling, i realize, that i look forward to mostwhen i go back to indiathe feeling of being a part of something bigger a family larger than i ever imagined and ancient rituals and traditions passed on for generationsthe art of henna starts with the henna plantconsidered auspicious, the leaves of the plant are ground into a fine powdermixed with water, made into a paste, and then applied with an artistry and beauty that still mesmerizes me

it is a giftto practice and explore this art—this ancient tradition that i have loved since i was a little girlto better understand and appreciate its nuances, complexities and hidden secretsto feel connected to the women who came before meand the ones now who continue tohonor itperfect itmake it their ownpass it on

this is my east meets west, it is my life’s journeyone that reminds me i am not alone and that we are all connected to the earth, our past, our ancestors and each otheri invite you to join me on this journeyto be a part of something biggerto allow me to apply henna as it is done back home to fall in love as i did with this ancient art formand to meet each other where we are

look for me in the pfister lobby for your very own henna

The giving and receiving of henna.… Read the rest “travel to india and experience the art of henna here at the pfister…”