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Trees of Life
"THE TREE of Life features prominently in many cultures and regions of the world. Keeping in mind this ubiquitous presence the Crafts Council of Andhra Pradesh (affiliated to the Crafts Council of India which has been working for the benefits of crafts persons and for the revival of languishing crafts) brings "Tree of Life - A Malaysia-India Exhibition at Contemporary Arts and Crafts (6-3-883/1, Punjagutta, close to Amrutha Mall) today and tomorrow. Curated by Edric Ong, this exhibition will feature exhibits from Society Atelier Sarawak, Malaysia and Crafts Council of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.
"The earliest Indian scriptures, the Vedas and Upanishads refer to it. The Katha Upanishad describes: This eternal asvattha whose roots rise on high and whose branches grow low is the pure, the Brahman, what is called Non-Death. All the worlds rest on it. In Christianity the Tree of Life is first described in Genesis, appears in the Garden of Eden together with the Tree of Knowledge and then in the last Book of the Bible known as "Revelations" [The Book of Revelation]. In the Muslim world, the Tree of Life motif is found in the prayer rugs of Turkey, Iran and other countries. The carved 14th Century marble screen windows of the Sidi Sayyid Mosque in Ahmedabad, Gujarat are probably the most exquisite examples of the Tree of Life motif in Indian art. In Buddhism, the Tree of Life represents the `Tree at the Centre, the still point of the turning world' beneath which the Buddha attained Enlightenment.
"The exhibition will display bark paintings, batik paintings, ikkat weavings, wood carvings and embroidery and other exhibits revolving around the Tree of Life from both countries." http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mp/2002/12/19/stories/2002121900710300.htm