Saraswati Statue in Belfast Gardens

via published on October 22, 2008
ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland first and only Multi-Ethnic arts organization, last week unveiled a wood carving of Saraswati Mata, Hindu Goddess of Arts and Knowledge.
This is one of the first non Christian Religious artworks in a public place in Northern Ireland and is situated in the Palm House in Botanic Gardens Belfast.

The woodcarving was placed in Belfast’s Botanical gardens in memory of Vyishnu Somasundram, a young and dedicated volunteer who worked hard for the community in Northern Ireland.  He passed away sadly in September 2007 at the young age of 15.  Nisha Tandon, ArtsEkta’s development manager said, “Vyishnu was a great asset to Northern Ireland’s arts community, a very talented artist and dedicated volunteer.  He will be missed for ever.” Commenting on the carving, she said, “This is a very appropriate memorial. Vyishnu himself had supported the idea of having this created a month before his death. He was a Hindu and great artist, the theme of Saraswati is ideal”.

The Somasundram family came to Northern Ireland seeking asylum from Sri Lanka, shortly after Vyishnu’s tragic death, asylum was granted.

Mukesh Sharma
Northern Ireland Representative
Hindu Council UK

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