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New York/Mumbai photographer Manjari Sharma re-imagines Indian deities in a new medium with detail and emotion. A series of  9 photos.
New York/Mumbai photographer Manjari Sharma re-imagines Indian deities in a new medium with detail and emotion. A series of 9 photos.
405 backers pledged $26,602 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Manjari Sharma on September 5, 2011

      Hey Dominique, thanks so much for reaching out. I emailed you at your email address. Let me know what makes more sense. Thanks!

    2. Creator Dominique Beyens on September 2, 2011

      Need to send you an extra tenner as I'm not USA. Tried several times but don't know how to go further on this one. Lemme know and I'll follow ...

      Peace and cheese ...

    3. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 20, 2011

      IMPORTANT: BACKERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY! We have in fact reached our Goal of 20,000 7 days earlier than we thought which is a beautiful feeling. All of us have done this together. I am humbled by the participation and response beyond words. So thank you a million times over. If you watched my video, you must know that this funding was to produce 4 more images. 4 more deity recreations will allow me to complete the FIRST HALF OF THE PROJECT.

      In the last 7 days before the Kickstarter deadline comes to pass, we could really take this to a new level. If we can continue to let this funding grow, we can get even closer to completing the project. With August 28th being the last day, a week is all we have.

      I encourage you to share with friends that the price point on these prints of Maa Laxmi and the smaller editions are available for kickstarter only. These sizes and prices will not be available after project completion, so please, if you feel compelled, continue to back Darshan so it can get closer to it's ultimate goal of completion.

      Much love, Regards and Blessings ,
      Manjari Sharma

    4. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 20, 2011

      @Holly and @VisualBody Thanks so much!

    5. Creator Holly Lynton on August 20, 2011

      congrats! goal reached and you still have a week to go!

    6. Creator VisualBody on August 20, 2011

      Congratulations :) Your goal is reached !

    7. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 19, 2011

      Thanks so much Visual Body, I appreciate it!

    8. Creator VisualBody on August 19, 2011

      Very very nice project :) I love Indian Deities. I love India and her culture. My 2 news tattoos is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Saraswati so it's a good occasion to participate this project !

      Good luck!

    9. Creator GodLove Art on August 18, 2011

      Do you know this? To everyone who reads this : Take the last two digits of the year you were born, and add them to the age you'll be this year in 2011 - and they add up to be: 111 (2011 is a year of abundance & prosperity) 1/1/11 - 1/11/11 - 11/1/11 - 11/11/11 --Good fortune to you!

    10. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 18, 2011

      @GodLove art wish you the very same. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

    11. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 18, 2011

      Thanks so much to the Sullivans!

    12. Creator GodLove Art on August 18, 2011

      Sat Chit Ananda : and in Love we must Trust : "Peace be to all man kind through every individual." --May the Source be with you!

    13. Creator afw.sullivan on August 16, 2011

      We are so excited to follow you on this journey and help spread the word. Good luck and blessings!
      Amy and Glen

    14. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 15, 2011

      Vaibhav, special thanks for you for your suggestion. I am taking it very seriously and in deep research as we speak . Thanks and wish you the best.

    15. Creator Sushma K on August 13, 2011

      Awesome concept! Thank you for taking a unique initiative to showcase our heritage to the world! Kudos, Manjari.

    16. Creator kaveri raina on August 11, 2011

      Hi Manjari!
      This is indeed a great project that you are undertaking. Good luck to you!

    17. Creator Vaibhav Puranik on August 9, 2011

      Great endeavor. it would be great to have a contemporary version of the pictures of deities I have seen in my parents' home.

      I think traditional poses (what we frequently see) are fine, but better would be to take a significant moment and bring it to life. I would love if people want to know about the story behind the image than just the image. E.g. Maybe Hanuman trying to swallow the Sun, Saraswati taking Fire to the Sea, Vishnu at the churning of ocean of milk, Ganesha writing mahabharata with his own tusk. Just some suggestions!

    18. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 6, 2011

      Radha Krishnaji thanks so much for your generous backing. I would love to know what pose you had in mind? Do share your views here on this platform. Many thanks.

    19. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 6, 2011

      Erin, thanks so much for your enthusiasm. Your support is endearing and I can't wait to see this project come alive. Thanks a million times.

    20. Creator Erin Durange on August 5, 2011

      This is a truely inspiring project on so many levels. I keep checking back every day to see how close you are to your goal! I look forward to seeing your full series come to life :)

    21. Creator Radha Krishna Gorle on August 4, 2011

      accept my best wishes for your project, very much interested in a 24x36 poster of shiva,
      will get one if it is in a pose i'm looking for.

    22. Creator Treehouse Press on August 4, 2011

      Great project. Inspiring stuff. Good luck with reaching the goal. :)

    23. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 4, 2011

      Thomas you are my friend, philosopher and guide!

    24. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 4, 2011

      Barry, thank you very much for the good wishes I need them more than anything. If I go beyond my goal it means I can shoot more than I plan to which can only be a good thing. Yes I was hoping Maa laxmi would bless this project into fruition! :)

    25. Creator Manjari Sharma on August 4, 2011

      Dear Pamela, thank you so much for your kind words and being such a great backer. It's people like you who will help make this project come alive. Many thanks sincerely.

    26. Creator Barry Silver on August 3, 2011

      great project. hope you can reach your financial goal...and beyond. wise choice to start with Maa Laxmi.

    27. Creator Pamela Ostovich on August 3, 2011

      Beautiful concept, familial aspects are equally endearing. Enjoyed the video, your photography is stunning as is your attention to detail. Looking forward to the culmination of Darshan. Best Wishes!

    28. Creator Thomas Donley on July 28, 2011

      You are brilliant and amazing, I love what you have taken on! You have an impeccable eye for re-imagining the worlds you are creating...and infusing them with pure joy. I cannot wait to see your new body of work come to life... Here's to your vision being fully realized now!

    29. Creator brian maranan pineda on June 29, 2011

      You are truly f*cking amazing and always and inspiration. Please keep up the great work. Best of luck to you with your new project.

    30. Creator Audrey Sargent on June 29, 2011

      Good luck, Manajri- I wish I could help more. Your work is an inspiration.