Amita, the creator of “A Sacred Piece of Home” spent many years in various roles at the Sackler and Freer Galleries of Asian Art at the Smithsonian which were a sort of “sacred space” for her, a shrine to the memory of India, her lost homeland. She researched and published Indian tribal bronzes and jewelry in their collections and coordinated an exhibition on Hindu imagery. After lecturing on tours to India and coordinating lecture series and symposia on India for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, she went on to teaching Indian art and architecture at the University of Maryland. She also created and taught a course titled “Sacred Architecture East and West: Churches, Temples, Stupas and Mosques” at the University of Maryland. She fervently believes that cross-cultural education on religions and traditions is essential to prepare for today’s world and that film is the most effective didactic medium.
Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., FAIA, studied architecture at The Catholic University of America and is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford. He is editor of Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture. Dr. Crosbie is the sole author, editor, or contributor to more than 70 books on architecture (including six on religious architecture). The author of hundreds of articles on architecture, design, and practice, he lectures throughout the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Edward S. Frey Memorial Award, “in Recognition of the Contributions Made to Religion, Art, and Architecture,” bestowed by the American Institute of Architects. Dr. Crosbie served as the Walton Visiting Critic at The Catholic University of America in 2015.