Artist Spotlight April 2021

“Beauty is Omnipresent. Faith is Beauty. Beauty is Knowledge.”

– Sangeetha Kowsik, IhsanIshan Design

Sangeetha Kowsik & IhsanIshan Design

Sangeetha Kowsik may be the only Hindu, Indian American woman in the world who is also an Islamic/Arabic Calligrapher. 

Her brand IhsanIshan Design works for religious, cultural, and ethnic unity by connecting global cultures through art and design, told through the art of Arabic Calligraphy.

Born and raised in California, Sangeetha graduated from Parsons School of Design in NYC and has worked extensively in fashion, beauty, luxury, museums, skateboarding/streetwear, and galleries, including as head designer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sangeetha serves as the Hindu Chaplain/Spiritual Advisor of NYU and Columbia Universities, founder of the NYU Hindu Center, a founding member of NAHCA (North American Hindu Chaplain Association). She is affectionately known as the #pujaqueen, because she loves her pujas (prayer rituals). Her father built 3 Hindu Temples in the United States. She is trained in Indian Classical Music and Dance, both Carnatic and Hindustani vocal, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Kathak – all of whose roots lie in worship. Sangeetha works with communities of all faiths/backgrounds and participates in numerous dialogues/panel discussions, empowering women, POC, & LGTBQI groups. She was awarded “Chaplain of the Year” for her interfaith initiatives by Chelsea Clinton. Her brand, IhsanIshan Design, was launched with her Arabic Calligraphy exhibition titled “Allah Swami” up at NYU, an interfaith art exhibit to celebrate Islam & Hinduism, fight negative perceptions/ biases, educate, and bring about understanding.

Connect with Sangeetha and her artwork online at Instagram & Facebook and shop her designs at www.ihsanishan.com