Grounds For Sculpture exhibit honors New Jersey's massive Indian-American community

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 7, tells the story of everyday people from New Jersey's massive and diverse Indian-American community.

Jun 15, 2023, 2:57 AM

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Growing up in Edison after her family immigrated when she was 12 years old, Indian-born Sansthita Pattanaik lived a life with one foot in two different worlds - classical Indian dance lessons on her calendar and American hip hop on her playlist.
And even now as an almost 30-year-old scientist working in a pharmaceutical lab, Pattanaik says, "It's always a border between how much I should raise my voice, or how much should I stand out, or how much should I just blend in and keep my head down."
But now, Pattanaik is telling her story in a bold vivid way as one of 15 "storytellers" at an exhibit called “Local Voices” at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 7, tells the story of everyday people from New Jersey's massive and diverse Indian-American community.
On today's "Brian's Positively New Jersey,” Brian Donohue talks with Pattaniak and lead artist Madhusmita Bora for a look at this groundbreaking exhibit and the stories it tells.


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