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  Drigha Dasi


A native of Paris, France, Drigha grew up with the ever-present influences of the Parisian art community. From the age of six, she followed closely in the footsteps of her father who was an avid oil painter. Along with teaching her, together they attended every major art exhibit in town which included such divers artists as Vermeer, Picasso, Monet, Reubens and Ingres.

Drigha studied at the Atelier Beaudry and later at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris, one of the most distinguished art institution in Europe. A dedicated and continuously striving student, Drigha further enhanced her education through a year of specialised studies of the masters of Italy. Those studies were performed at the Uffizi Gallery, the Villa Borghese and the Vatican in Rome. Several years were also spent in South India, where she studied Vedic Art at the Art Institute in Madras. This is where she acquired her knowledge of Vedic proportions through paintings and sculptures. At this point Drigha was commissioned to produce forty detailed oil paintings to be used as illustrations for a series of classical literature being published in Los Angeles.

Drigha's primary works now hang in the castle of "petit Lancais" near Tour, France, as well as Rome, Geneva, Karnataka, India, San Fransisco and Los Angeles. Her works are also included in the Hastings Collection and the Goff Collection in California.

Drigha's style is well rooted in the European and Vedic tradition the way her technique coalesces is new to our visual experiment. She gets her inspiration through meditation, and way of life. In applying the principles of the Gaudiya Tradition from theVedic culture to her life and art, Drigha is able to give you a glimpse through a window to the spiritual world.


All my life I have always been fascinated by the Vedic traditionof Indian Art. This Vedic Art comes to us mainly through sculptures and frescos. It is thousand of years old and is always of a theistic nature. We can find the same tradition of theistic art in mediaval Europe. My work combines those two traditions into a style I name "Neo-Vedic".

These paintings depict the pastimes of a beautiful reality in the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition. The stories comes from scriptures such as the Srimad Bhagavatam, the Mahabharat and the Ramayan. Those scriptures are very ancient and very sacred. It is therefore impossible to give a true rendering of the Personality of Godhead in a visual format. However, those paintings are attempting to give you a glimpse of the spiritual world, as it is depicted in those scriptures. It is described as a "window to the spiritual world".

My paintings will give you a mystical experience and an appreciation of a "Reality" you may have never encountered before. My Art serves as an object of meditation to help us reach beyond the sorrows of this mundane world. People have used those paintings on their altar, as illustrations for their scriptures, or simply to fill their life with a higher purpose.

In truth, I feel that I am not really painting those pictures myself, but that my Guru Maharaja A.C. Bhaktivedhanta Swami Prabhupada is the true artist and he is always there helping me paint them.


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