Holi represents the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. It is also said to be the enactment of a game the Hindu god Lord Krishna played with his beloved Radha and the gopis, or milkmaids. The story represents fun and flirtatiousness but also touches on deeper themes: the passing of the seasons and the illusory nature of the material world.

The two abstract paintings “Dancers’ and ‘Revelry’ capture the energy and the intimacy of the festival of Holi. They speak of friendship, people, community and festivities splashed in color. Dr. Pani’s oil paintings depict the colors and gestures of celebration.

Sidhartha Pani, Dancers, 2019. Oil on canvas. ©Sidhartha Pani. All rights reserved.

Sidhartha Pani, MD

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  1. I saw your painting while at MGH with my husband. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May 2012 and has been a patient here ever since. I’m redoing our bedroom and am looking for artwork to base the colors of the room. Our daughter is a dancer so “Dancer” speaks to me. Is it possible to get a print of “Dancer”? Thanks for much.

    Best, Cheryl Dunn

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Holi (Sanskrit: होली Holī) is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent and by the greater South Asian diaspora across the world. Aside from being the festival of colors, Holi is a time to celebrate unbridled joy, love, and the triumph of good over evil. Through visual art, this installation highlights some of the spirit and traditions associated with Holi such as throwing colored powdered and spraying colored water through pichkari at friends and family and poojas (religious ceremonies).  

This collection is the result of generous donations from the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, the MGH Department of Dermatology, and the MGH Employee Resource Group Leaders Group.

Other work from Holi