Navaratri Festival 2008

Wesleyan’s 32nd annual Navaratri Festival, a celebration of Indian culture, has been going on all week. Check out the remaining events this weekend:

Anita Ratnam: Bharata Natyam Dance Performance

Time: Friday, October 3, 8pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $15 A, $12 B, $8 C

Anita Ratnam, one of India’s most gifted artists, is an accomplished classical and contemporary dancer and choreographer, whose career spans four decades and over 1000 performances in 15 countries. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the performing arts in India and abroad as a choreographer, scholar and cultural activist.

Bharata Natyam Dance Workshop with Anita Ratnam

Time: Saturday, October 4, 11am
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Free admission

Advance registration for this interactive workshop is recommended; please call 860-685-3355.

Indian Music Lecture Demonstration with Samir Chatterjee

Time: Saturday, October 4, 11am
Place: World Music Hall
Free admission

Advance registration for this interactive workshop is recommended; please call 860-685-3355.

Sandhi: North Indian Music Performance w/ Pandit Ramesh Mishra and Samir Chatterjee

Time: Saturday, October 4, 2pm
Place: World Music Hall
Tickets: $12 A, $10 B, $6 C

Renowned Indian classical musicians Pandit Ramesh Mishra and Samir Chatterjee present performances on two of the most celebrated instruments from North India. Having trained under the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ramesh Mishra has received recognition as an outstanding artist of India for his mastery of one of the most difficult and unique string instruments, the sarangi. Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso tabla player performing worldwide as a soloist and with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and Western musical traditions.

Bhojanam (feast)

Time: Saturday, October 4, 6pm
Place: World Music Hall
Tickets: $16 for adults, $10 children 12 & under

Treat yourself to vegetarian Indian delicacies at the festival’s annual feast!

Mysore M. Nagaraj and Mysore M. Manjunath: Music of South India

Time: Saturday, October 4, 8pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $17 A, $12 B, $6 C

Maestros Mysore Manjunath and Mysore Nagaraj are two of the most brilliant violinists in Indian classical music today. They come together at Wesleyan for a concert of Karnatak music and will be joined by Srimushnam Raja Rao on mrdangam and Ravi Balasubramanian on ghatam. Co-sponsored by the Raga Club.

Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Adjunct Instructor B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Artist in Residence David Nelson

Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)

Time: Sunday, October 5, 11am
Place: World Music Hall
Free admission

This Saraswati religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, celebrates the victory of good over evil and marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors, especially in learning and the arts. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts and other items for blessing.

Price key: A: General, B: Seniors/Wesleyan Faculty & Staff/Non-Wesleyan Students, C: Wesleyan Students