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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

Navaratri Festival—B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India

balu_david_eventFrom the Music Department:

Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist Sandhya Anand as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Cost: $12 general public; $10 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Saraswati Puja

From the CFA:

This Hindu 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. This event is part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival.

Date: Sunday, October 11
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Place: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Film Screening—“Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli”

film_screening_eventFrom the CFA:

“Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli” is a film by award-winning director Sankalp Meshram about the internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Ms. Valli and Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan. This event is part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival.

Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 2-3:30 PM
Place: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace
Link: here

 

B. Balasubrahmaniyan—Vocal Music of South India

balu_david_eventJoin the CFA at the Navaratri Festival!

Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist K.V.S. Vinay as part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival.

Date: Friday, October 9
Time: 8-9:30PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Music Department Colloquium: “Eroticism, Metaphor, and Music in South Indian Court Dance”

The CFA writes in about this part of the Navaratri Festival:

A talk and performance by Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan as part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival. The performance will be accompanied by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam, and Fugan Dineen MA ’05, Ph.D.’15 on nattuvangam.

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 4:15-5:45PM
Place: CFA Hall

Navaratri Festival Dance Performance: Malavika Sarukkai: “Rasamanjari”

From Andrew Chatfield:

“One of the greatest dancers of our day.” —The New York Times

Acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai’s choreographic interpretations have the incandescent beauty of the classical dance language of India and the energized articulation of a contemporary mind. At Wesleyan, Ms. Sarukkai presents the Connecticut premiere of “Rasamajari,” both a cerebration and a celebration of this tradition. Through this exploration, the language of Bharata Natyam is repossessed, making it in the process a language which “speaks in the present tense” for a global audience.

This event is part of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.

Date: Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Time: 3PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Navaratri Festival Concert: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya

From Andrew Chatfield:

“One of the greatest and most expressive slide players in the world.” —Acoustic Guitar Magazine

A disciple of Ravi Shankar, Padmashree Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt mesmerizes audiences with his fiery music on the Mohan Veena, a modified archtop guitar, held in the lap like a slide guitar. “Meeting by the River,” Pt. V. M. Bhatt’s improvised collaborative album with Ry Cooder, won the Grammy Award for “Best World Music Album” in 1994. At Wesleyan, he presents duets with 19-year-old keyboardist Yukal Bharathi K. Sathyanarayanan, who has performed over 1,000 concerts since he was 6 years old.

This event is part of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.

Date: Saturday, September 27th, 2014
Time: 8PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students