Category Archives: Events

Lalgudi Duo

From the CFA:

Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan and his sister Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi perform as a violin duo, blending tradition and innovation, and mesmerize the audience, bringing each raga—a pattern of notes used as a basis for improvisation in Indian music—to life. The siblings share an extraordinary coordination and almost telepathic understanding.

Date: Today! Saturday, September 30th
Time: 8PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Price: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)

From the CFA

This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts, and other items for blessing.

Date: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 5PM
Location: World Music Hall

Darpana—“Nataraja Vandanam: Love Songs to Shiva”

From the CFA

Mallika Sarabhai and three dancers from India’s Darpana Academy of Performing Arts perform “Nataraja Vandanam: Love Songs to Shiva,” choreographed by Ms. Sarabhai and her mother Mrinalini Sarabhai. In the work, the nayikas (heroines) journey through a wide range of emotions in their joyous, rhythmic celebration of Shiva, one of the principal Hindu deities.

Date: Today! Friday, September 29th
Time: 8PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18

Henna and Chaat

From the CFA

Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan’s South Asian Students’ Association.

Date: Friday, September 29th
Time: 7PM
Location: Olin Memorial Library Lobby

Film Screening—“Mrinalini Sarabhai: The Artist and Her Art”

Indian dancer and choreographer Mrinalini Sarabhai (1918-2016) was one of the first women to perform the classical dance form Kathakali, and was among a group of contemporaries who introduced wider audiences to Bharata Natyam dance. “Mrinalini Sarabhai: The Artist and Her Art” (2012) is directed by Yadavan Chandran and Mallika Sarabhai (Ms. Sarabhai’s daughter).

Date: Thursday, September 28
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Music Department Colloquium

From the Music Department:

Author and mridangam virtuoso Douglas Knight ’70 will discuss Balasaraswati: Her Art & Life– one book in three editions, for three audiences. The book has appeared in three different editions: an American edition published by Wesleyan University Press in 2010; an English language edition published in India by Westland Books in 2011; and a Tamil translation published by Cre-A Publishers in May 2017. Each edition was intended for a distinct readership, and elicited different responses. He will reflect on how the writing, editing, and publishing of these three editions transformed his understanding of the significance of Bala’s story as it “came home.”

The 41st annual Navaratri Festival of Indian music and dance at Wesleyan University opens with this talk hosted by the Music Department.

Date: Thursday, September 28
Time: 4:30 PM
Place:  Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Sasha Rudensky—“At the Border of Truth: Photographing the New East”

From the CFA:

Assistant Professor of Art Sasha Rudensky will give an artist’s lecture focusing on her series of photographic and video projects completed in Russia, Ukraine, and the greater New East region, between 2004 and 2017. These projects examine the slow dissolution of Soviet consciousness, the ideological vacuum left in its wake, and the reconstitution of new post-Soviet identities.

Date: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 5PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (fka. CFA Hall)

Ben Cosgrove Performs in the Exley Lobby

Hanna Holcomb ’19 writes in:

Ben Cosgrove is the latest Artist-in-Residence for the New England Trail, a 215 mile National Scenic Trail that travels through 41 communities in CT and MA. He will be performing in Exley Science Center lobby on September 27th at 7 pm.

Ben performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work. The strongest forces guiding Ben’s compositions are his deep interests in landscape, place, and ecology.

Learn more about Ben from his website.

Date: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 7PM
Place: Exley Science Center Lobby

Anything But English; an International Open Mic

From Anna Apostolidis ’19:

Hello magnificent multilingual Wesleyan! Do you have a poem/song/story you’ve wanted to perform at an open mic before, but it just happens to not be in English? Are you interested in hearing words and songs from around the world? Wesleyan program houses are holding an open mic for any student on campus who wants to come and perform. Come with words, actions, or sounds, your own work or someone else’s–the catch: everything performed has to be in languages other than English. We hope to see you there!


Russian House, La Casa, Asian Asian American House, German House, Ubuntu, French Hall, South Asian House, International House, and Sign Language House

Date: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 8:30-10:30PM
Place: Allbritton 311