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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

Joseph Getter Presents: Indian Music and Dance in the United States

From the CFA:

Ph.D. candidate Joseph Getter presents the historical background of Indian music and dance in the United States, the Wesleyan University World Music Program, and the Navaratri Festival as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 4:30-6 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall), 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown

Alarmél Valli

The Navaratri Festival continues! The CFA invites you to enjoy some excellent Indian dancing and music:

Internationally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli turns the traditional Bharatanatyam style into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry in her Connecticut debut at the conclusion of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival.

Date: Sunday, October 11th
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall (CFA)
Cost: $18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

Navaratri Festival Concert Postponed Until November 2

A note from the CFA:

Due to illness, tonight’s Navaratri Festival concert, “B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India”, has been postponed until Friday, November 2 at 8pm in Crowell Concert Hall. The Wesleyan University Box Office is contacting all ticket holders; tickets for tonight’s concert will be honored at the rescheduled concert. Patrons may also exchange their tickets for one of the other Navaratri Festival events this weekend in Crowell Concert Hall: the concert by T.V. Sankaranarayanan (Saturday, October 20 at 7pm) or the dance performance by Rama Vaidyanathan (Sunday, October 21 at 3pm).

Rescheduled date: November 2, 2012
Time: 8 pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Navaratri Festival

If you have a Wesleyan email account and/or a solid cache of culturally conscious friends, you’ve probably already heard about the Navaratri Festival, Wesleyan’s iteration of a seasonal Hindu celebration that began this Wednesday. Though our version isn’t quite nine nights and ten days, concerts, dance, and other events will be taking place this evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday, so it’s not too late to ditch the Halloween mainstream and check it out. Below is a video of Zakir Hussain, tabla master extraordinaire, performing; anyone who already snagged a ticket to his sold-out show tomorrow night is in for a treat.

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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