eggs-1-e1458713301243-696x477CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Farha Sayeed, an internationally known and celebrated egg artist, hosted her first solo egg art exhibition in Chicago over the weekend. “The Easter Eggstravaganza” was held at Chicago’s celebrated symphony center over the weekend, with sale proceeds benefiting the American-India Foundation’s Maternal and New Born Survival Initiative (MANSI).

Sayeed and her husband, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago, said the event attracted hundreds of art lovers, state officials and diplomats from multiple countries. More than 70 pieces of egg art were displayed during the exhibition, with some prize pieces constructed from the egg shells of ostrich, rhea, emu, goose, duck, turkey and guinea. All of the pieces on display were intricately hand-crafted, and were decorated with crystals, rhinestone chains and in some cases, golden filigree.

More than 300 guests were on hand for the inauguration of the exhibition on Sunday, including renowned tabla maestro Padma Bhushan Ustad Zakir Hussain. He praised Sayeed for her dedication and work her creations emit.


Sayeed said she was first exposed to the art of eggs years ago while in Qatar.

“The fragility of an eggshell appealed to me as a unique medium to test my creativity”, she said. “I can switch over easily from painting to carving to calligraphy to etching on the egg shell and the scope seems to be unlimited.”