Nationality : Swiss
Meher Baba's Tomb, Meherabad, India
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Helen Dahm in Meherabad
May 21, 1878( 1878-05-21)
May 24, 1968 (aged 90)
Helen Dahm was born in Egelshofen (today Kreuzlingen), Switzerland. She studied art in Zurich and Munich. Her early work included hand-colored, hand-pressed fabric prints, mostly expressionistic in style. In the early 1930s, Helen suffered from severe depression and did very little art. However, a meeting with Meher Baba in Cannes, France in 1937 had a profound effect on her. In 1938, by invitation of Meher Baba, Dahm came to live in his ashram in Meherabad, India and painted the interior murals in his would-be samadhi (tomb) that had been completed earlier that year. Her paintings are still viewable there today, and were restored by American artist Dot Lesnik in 1989. For health reasons Dahm eventually returned to her homeland of Switzerland.
After this period, Dahm's work took an inspired religious turn, becoming occupied with imagery including expressionistic interpretations of paradise, the Pietà, the crucifixion of Christ and angels. After this period her work became increasingly abstract.
Helen Dahm only received recognition late in life. In 1967, at the age of 89, she had her first major retrospective exhibition in Switzerland
Helen Dahm Musuem, Zurich, Switzerland
Samadhi … The House of the Lord
Samadhi … The House of the Lord is a 35-minute presentation on the history of Avatar Meher Baba's Tomb-Shrine, known as the Samadhi. It is a wonderful and poetic story of our Beloved's Samadhi, which was built and decorated under the Lord's supervision. It opens and closes with Jeff Mylett's wonderful song "The House of the Lord". The narration is beautifully underscored by the superb guitar playing of Tuck Andress. Included is a brief history of Helen Dahm, the Swiss artist who painted the murals inside the Tomb, and a commentary (in audio) by the Australian poet Francis Brabazon on the purpose of pilgrimage. There are several video clips, along with many still images of Meher Baba and His Tomb-Shrine. On seeing the presentation at Meherazad, India, Arnavaz Dadachanji commented “It was so very beautiful it broke my heart” and later said “The film made me miss Baba so much. And the song throughout the film was perfect”.
This is an excellent introduction for those who plan to visit the Samadhi, and even for old-timers who may be surprised by what they learn.