Navaratri Festival: Indian music and dance performances

Wesleyan’s 33rd annual natyaNavaratri Festival, a celebration of Indian music, dance, and food, is happening all weekend on campus:

Wesleyan’s 33rd annual festival celebrates traditional music and dance while at the same time giving audiences a glimpse at the contemporary arts scene.

Exciting pre-festival activities extend the festival into nine (nava) nights (-ratri), featuring performances by some of India’s leading artists, a film screening, Dandiya Raas dance parties and an honoring of Navaratri’s religious traditions at a culminating worship service.

Please visit the CFA website for the complete schedule of the events.

Food from Haveli will be sold at the four major performances:

  1. B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
  2. Alam Khan on sarod and Samir Chatterjee on tabla
  3. Kadri Gopalnath: South Indian Music
  4. Natya Dance Theatre

Date: Sept. 30 – Oct. 4
Time: All day
Place: Various locations
Cost: Varies for different events

Some are pricy, some are cheap, some are free, but all are great cultural experiences.

Schedule of the remaining events after the jump:

Indian Dance Party

Friday, October 2, 6pm
World Music Hall
$7 Dance Party only
Ticket holders to Alam Khan: $4 general , $2 students
Snacks and drinks provided

Come and enjoy a sampler of group folk dances that are performed in festivals throughout various parts of India. You will be treated to a Bollywood style group dance by several youngsters, Kolattam (dance with sticks from South India), Dandiya (dance from the North Indian state of Gujarat using sticks performed during Navaratri) and Bhangra (Spring dance from the North Indian state of Punjab). You will also be invited to join the performers and enjoy the dance. Details regarding these dances will be posted on the CFA website in September. Sponsored by Tamil Sangam ( and Milan of Connecticut (

Alam Khan, Sarod and Samir Chatterjee, Tabla

North Indian Concert
Friday, October 2, 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $15 $12 $8
Online ticketing now available!

Alam Khan, son of the late Swara Samrat Ali Akbar Khan, has been studying sarod since he was seven. Since 2004, Alam has played numerous solo concerts throughout the United States and has also established himself as a solo artist in India. He has performed alongside some of the great tabla maestros such as Swapan Chaudhuri, Zakir Hussain, and Anindo Chatterjee. Samir Chatterjee performs worldwide with musicians from both Indian and Western traditions.

Bharata Natyam Dance Workshop with Natya Dance Theatre

Saturday, October 3, 2pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Free admission

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

Lecture/Demonstration with Ravi Balasubramaniam, Ghatam (clay pot) player

Saturday, October 3, 2pm
World Music Hall
Free admission

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

Raga Unveiled, a film by Gita Desai

Saturday, October 3, 4pm
CFA Hall (former CFA Cinema)
Free admission

The new film Raga Unveiled is a fascinating and expansive look into the musical system of North Indian Hindustani classical music. Director Gita Desai, a resident of Connecticut, will introduce the film. For the first time on film, eloquent commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars and musicologists join hands with spectacular cinematography, intoxicating spectrums of sound and rare archival footage resulting in a grand synthesis to honor this music in its entirety.

Kadri Gopalnath: South Indian Music

Saturday, October 3, 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall
$17 A, $15 B, $8 C
Online ticketing now available!

Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath is one of the pioneers of Karnatak music on this instrument. It took Kadri Gopalnath nearly twenty years to adapt the saxophone to the intricacies of Indian classical music. His acclaim has continued to grow attracting, international attention for his performances in concert halls and jazz festivals worldwide. Kadri Gopalnath is accompanied by A. Kanyakumari, violin; B. Harikumar, mridangam; and Ravi Balasubramaniam, ghatam.

Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)

Sunday, October 4, 11am
World Music Hall
Free admission

This 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.

Natya Dance Theatre

Sunday, October 4, 2pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $15 A, $12 B, $8 C
Online ticketing now available!

Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre (NDT) serves as an agent of cultural preservation, presentation and exchange. It was founded nearly 25 years ago as a school of classical Indian dance. Artistic director Hema Rajagopalan has received numerous dance choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has produced over 100 dance dramas. NDT has toured internationally, performing at such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Avignon Festival in Paris, the Madras Dance and Music Festival and the Smithsonian Institution.

(4) Natya Dance Theatre
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