India: A Light Within

A collaborative project involving photography, Indian classical dance, prose and poetry held at the Duderstadt Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 27th October to 19th November 2009.

This exhibition has photographs of Kolkata, India, and images of dance mudras from Odissi, a style of Indian classical dance peformed by Sreyashi Dey; prose pieces and poems; and a poetry reading. Versions of it have been presented in several venues in Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia in 2010-12. It is expected to tour other cities in the US in future.

The book version India: A Light Within, is a collection of images by Charlee Brodsky, professor of photograpy at Carnegie Mellon University, and writing by Neem Avashia and Zilka Joseph is available at:

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 (Photographs used with the permission of Charlee Brodsky)

India: A Light Within, Exhibitions and/or Performances and Readings
The Duderstadt Gallery, University of Michigan; Copper Colored Mountain Arts (CMARTS), Ann Arbor; American Jewish Museum and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh; St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia.

Wisdom of the Lotus

Poem by Zilka Joseph, Photographs and Handmade Books by Charlee Brodsky

Angika: Sculpture and the Dancing Body

An Odissi dance performance by Sreyahsi Dey, with a script written by Zilka Joseph and narrated by professor/ actor/ director Martin Walsh, Residential College, University of Michigan. The script told the story of each piece performed by the dancer and drew on Hindu mythology, the Vedas, the history of dance, and folklore. Performed at UMMA, University of Michigan.

​My Vision, Your Voice: An Artistic Duet, 2012 & 2013

Exhibition and Book Presented and Sponsored by the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Therapeutic and Recreation Program

Poetry Editor: Suzanne Scarfone

An interdisciplinary collaboration between ten published poets, two professional photographers, and eleven adult photographers with developmental disabilities.The photographers received technical assistance from their instructors but the images they captured were their own. Poets chose images that inspired them and provided voice to the photographers visualizations.

--excerpt from the Foreword by Patricia Sims Sunisloe, Project Development Director, MORC Inc.

Readings and exhibitions were held at the Scarab Club, and the books of photographs and poems were published. Photographs and books were available for sale.

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Birmingham Bloomfield Hills Arts Center Art and Poetry Project

The BBAC invited Zilka Joseph to join other Michigan poets to write poems inspired by photographs and paintings by Michigan artists and photographers. During the summer of 2004, an exhibition of artwork and poems was on display at the gallery, and the BBAC hosted a reading by the poets who participated in the project.

Zilka Joseph

Asian American Women Artists Association


Exhibition and Book

Cheers to Muses