Maximum India - Cultural Festiveal in Washington DC, USA

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Maximum India, a 20-day cultural extravaganza of Indian soft power, kicks off here on March 1 with scores of artistes set to enthrall a capital where India is now looked on more favourably than ever before.

Hope this will strengthen Brand India in USA and lots of new tourist will visit India to explore the country.

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Maximum India - Cultural Festiveal in Washington DC, USA

  1. 1. march 1–20, 2011 l the kennedy center, washington, dc
  2. 2. Presented in cooperation with Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi and Embassy of India, Washington, DC. Co-ChaIRs Indra K. Nooyi David M. Rubenstein stephen a. schwarzman Dr. Romesh and Kathleen Wadhwani PREsENtINg UNDERWRItER the hRh Foundation ExECUtIvE CoUNCIl Major support is provided by David and alice Rubenstein. additional support is provided bythe trehan Foundation, Dr. Romesh and Kathleen Wadhwani, amway Corporation, and RB Properties Inc. International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the arts.Tickets available at the Kennedy Center Box Office or charge by phone (202) 467-4600 online at kennedy-center.org/india Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524 Groups (202) 416-8400
  3. 3. It speaks many languages. It savors manycuisines. It colors life in more hues than there arein a rainbow.India is vast: 1.2 billion people; 24 languages;1,600 dialects; 28 states; myriad cuisines; 330,000gods and goddesses; 300 ways to cook a potato;the Ganges attracting millions to its banks; homealso of Mahatma Gandhi—a moral force; andone of the richest and most ancient cultures onthe planet.Every few miles, India presents itself differently;each region distinct. It’s modern, yet traditional,where a cow shares space with a rickshaw andan SUV. It’s contemporary, yet classic, whereskyscrapers jostle shanties for space, where yogaand hip hop are neighbors. India is diverse inevery aspect, yet united as one country.India is home to a million art forms, bothtraditional and modern. maximum INDIA bringsyou perhaps not a million, but many wonderfuland unusual aspects of the country’s diversearts and culture, from folkloric to classical andcontemporary. It will surprise and delight you withdance, music, and theater performed by India’smost acclaimed artists. Film selections from theworld’s most robust movie industry, featuring bothindie and Bollywood films; prize-winning authorsreading, debating, conversing, and sharing theirinsights; exhibitions that astonish and confront;incredible and unimaginable crafts from exquisitecollections; jewels that dazzle from the princelyera of the Mughals and Maharajas. And, to top itall, feasts of Indian food for the entire three-weekperiod of the festival, prepared by 13 world-class,award-winning Indian chefs, representing allregions of the country.India amazes with the majesty and mystery ofits culture. Its brilliance is that it is a country ofextremes—intellect, innovation, survival, andexperimentation. We have traveled, researched,and scoured the country for the best it can offer,and India offers the maximum. This festival willtruly be INDIa.
  4. 4. dancethe Dancer and the DanceIt is said that Nataraja, god of dance, danced martial art forms like chhau are counterpointedthe world into being, that it was created by the supple strength of bharatanatyam, thethrough the vibrations of his drumbeat. So it fluid grace of odissi and kuchipudi, the dazzlingis that classical dance in India captures the footwork of kathak. The highly stylized, maskedpower, the mystical element of its origination, dance-drama of Kathakali and the exuberantendlessly and thrillingly repeating that dance folk dances of Rajasthan are at either end ofof life. Vital, beautiful, popular, the maximum a spectrum of styles and dance aesthetics,INDIA dance offerings will feature some of the performed by dancers who stretch and moldmost celebrated artists of Indian dance, whose tradition, exploring movement and music, rhythmchoreography ranges from classical to folk and space, in exciting new ways.and contemporary. The vigor and precision of
  5. 5. Madhavi Mudgal the Daksha sheth Priyadarsini govind Ragamalaand alarmel valli Dance Company Dance Madhavi Mudgal and alarmel valli the Daksha sheth Dance Company Samanvaya: A Coming Together Sarpagati: The Way of the Serpent Two dancers and two classical Indian dance A powerful dance-theater work that has forms fuse to create Samanvaya—Sanskrit for become a landmark in contemporary Indian “a coming together. The geometrical linear dance, Sarpagati is inspired by and draws upon structure of bharatanatyam and the sensuous rituals, myth, and symbolism associated with the ebb and flow of odissi accentuate each other snake. The first Indian woman soloist in chhau, through contrast when performed by two an ancient dance from east India, Trivandrum’s renowned Indian dancers and choreographers, Daksha Sheth creates choreography that Madhavi Mudgal and Alarmel Valli. features warrior-like movements animated with raw, primal energy combined with the traditional Mudgal, known for her expressive hand motions kathak style of dance. She was also the first to and gestures, has become India’s premier introduce aerial technique into Indian dance, as odissi exponent, garnering awards and acclaim is demonstrated in Sarpagati. A free Explore the for sustaining and evolving the art form. Valli Arts discussion follows the performance. is a master of bharatanatyam, one of the oldest dance forms in India, which features March 8 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater quick-paced, nimble footwork, restrained floor Tickets $36 work, and a complex system of head and eye movements. Ragamala Dance featuring aparna March 2 at 8 p.m. | Eisenhower Theater Tickets $18–$45 Ramaswamy and Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix singh Dance Company Acclaimed as one of the Indian diaspora’s Priyadarsini govind and leading bharatanatyam ensembles, Ragamala Nrityagram Dance Ensemble Dance seamlessly carries the traditional Pandanallur style of bharatanatyam into the 21st Priyadarsini Govind, specializing in abhinaya century. The group’s contemporary approach, (“the art of expression”), has been performing while deeply rooted in tradition, conveys the bharatanatyam dance around the world form’s infinite possibilities. Dakshina/Daniel since age 16. The stunning Nrityagram Dance Phoenix Singh Dance Company is an emerging, Ensemble, in its ashram-like compound in the DC-based dance company that performs and Indian countryside, eats, sleeps, and breathes presents Indian and contemporary dance. classical dance, existing as a unique community dedicated to the education, preservation, and March 9 at 7:30 p.m. | Family Theater development of Indian dance. Passion shines Tickets $26 in every exquisitely polished move of these two dynamic dance forces. March 6 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater Tickets $36
  6. 6. Malavika sarukkai Kerala Kalamandalam Malavika sarukkai and Pina Bausch. She brings her background in kuchipudi and the skills she has learned from Sakthi Sakthimaan—Energies these masters to Swayambhu, a program of Auspicious and Fearsome contrasts, at the same time swift and suspended, earthly and ethereal, symmetrical and For three decades, Malavika Sarukkai has asymmetrical. been a hallmark dancer and choreographer in the traditional bharatanatyam style. A firm March 12 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater believer in the continuity of Indian classical Tickets $36 tradition, Sarukkai preserves key elements of bharatanatyam while providing a personal interpretation of the dance’s cultural significance. A favorite of Indian dance critics, Free Dance Events See Calendar of Free Events for details. she inspired the phrase “innovative-within- tradition” to describe her stimulating dances. Natyalakshana March 7, Eisenhower Theater March 10 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater Tickets $36 gulabo sapera & Party March 8, Millennium Stage tanusree shankar Dance Company Shantala Shivalingappa: March 9, Eisenhower Theater Swayambhu Bhangra Class with DJ Rekha March 13, Millennium Stage Treasured in both India and Europe, Shantala Shivalingappa is an acclaimed dancer and odissi vision & Movement Centre choreographer of kuchipudi, a 2,000-year-old March 14, Eisenhower Theater classical style based on the Natya Shastra, Ticket to Bollywood an ancient codification of dance, music, March 17, Eisenhower Theater and theater. Born in India and raised in Paris, Shivalingappa has had the privilege of working Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali troupe with some of the greatest artists of our time, March 19, Millennium Stage including Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook, Bartabas,
  7. 7. shantala shivalingappa
  8. 8. musicMusic alchemy“Some spice, please” may be the phrase that, encompassing spirit of the music of India. Fromabove all, expresses an Indian identity—in the two streams of Hindustani and Carnaticimages, theater, fashion, and certainly in sound. music, to their modern interpretations on theSpices might well characterize the music of India, piano and cello; from ghazal and khayal to jazzreflecting its richness, diversity, and unmistakable musicians and rock bands who seamlessly fuseflavor. From classical to contemporary, virtually Indian musical elements and instruments intoevery genre of music can be found in India today— their musical language; from the desert music ofeach distinct, but in most cases, distinctly Indian— Rajasthan to Indian pop; and a world premiereand its musical forms have had a profound that brings together Indian and Western musicalinfluence outside the subcontinent, too. In traditions, maximum INDIA presents a tantalizingits selection of musicians and performances, sampling of the music that shapes, and has beenmaximum INDIA aims to capture that all- shaped by, India.
  9. 9. anando Mukerjee, tenor Vatsala Mehra: An Evening of Ghazals, Sufi, Thumri, and Geet A lirico-spinto tenor born and raised in India, Anando Mukerjee has studied with renowned Known as the Ghazal Queen, D.C.-based Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda and has sung singer Vatsala Mehra is a master of the Indian the roles of some of opera’s most well-known ghazal—a poetic form written by the Persian characters, including Rodolfo, the Duke of mystics that explores the relationship of love Mantua, Pinkerton, and Nemorino. At the and pain. She was honored by the Indian Kennedy Center, Anando will present a government for her contributions to India’s recital comprised of repertoire inspired by his musical tradition and has performed around homeland. the globe to great acclaim. In addition to her mastery of ghazal, Vatsala frequently sings songs March 2 at 7:30 p.m. | Family Theater of the Sufi tradition, showcasing her remarkable Tickets $18 range and the emotionality of her voice. March 8 at 8 p.m. | Eisenhower Theater National symphony orchestra Tickets $20–$45 with Zakir hussain Indian composer and tabla player Zakir Hussain National symphony orchestra has earned worldwide acclaim, collaborating Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie with artists as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, George Harrison, and Béla Fleck. NSO Music Director Composer Olivier Messiaen chose Turangalîla—a Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Orchestra, fusing of the Sanskrit words for the movement of Zakir Hussain on tabla, mezzo-soprano Kelley time and the songs of love—to title his symphonic o’Connor, and vocalists shankar Mahadevan exploration of romantic love and death, which and hariharan in the world premiere of Hussain’s the composer described as “superhuman, newest work, an NSO commission written in honor overflowing, dazzling, and abandoned.” of the Kennedy Center’s celebration of India. Christoph Eschenbach conducts the NSO in this Combining elements of Hindu ragas and talas, astonishing 20th century classic featuring pianist Sufi kalam and Christian church music, Hussain Cédric Tiberghien and ondes martenot player describes the piece as a “concerto for four Tristan Murail. A free AfterWords discussion follows soloists.” Also on the program is O’Connor singing the March 11 performance. excerpts from Roussel’s opera Padmâvatî, drawn from the culminating expression of the March 10 at 7 p.m., March 11 & 12 at 8 p.m. composer’s fascination with the legends of India. Concert hall Tickets $20–$85 March 3 at 7 p.m., March 4 & 5 at 8 p.m. Concert hall Learn more about Messiaen’s Turangalîla- Tickets $20–$85 Symphonie in the Explore the Arts lecture “What to listen for in Music,” March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Theater Lab. Tickets $15.Zakir hussain Christoph Eschenbach
  10. 10. The Manganiyar Seduction
  11. 11. shubhendra Rao, sitar and National symphony orchestra saskia Rao-de haas, cello Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony New Delhi’s husband-and-wife team of sitarist Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, Shubhendra Rao and cellist Saskia Rao-de with text taken from the writings of India’s Haas weaves together the seemingly diverse Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the 1913 Nobel traditions of European and Indian music. In order Prize for Literature, receives its first performances to comply with Indian classical music’s stringent by the NSO. Baritone Matthias Goerne and requirements, Rao-de Haas adapted her cello, soprano Twyla Robinson sing the elegant and adding one additional playing string and ten spiritual poetry of Tagore in German translation. sympathetic strings, creating the Indian Cello, Also on the program is Beethoven’s Piano the only such instrument in existence. The duo Concerto No. 1, played by Christoph Eschenbach plays both classical Indian music and original and conducted from the piano. A free AfterWords compositions that are at once traditional and discussion follows the March 17 performance. avant garde. March 17 at 7 p.m., March 19 at 8 p.m., & March 11 at 7:30 p.m. | Family Theater March 20 at 1:30 p.m. | Concert Hall Tickets $18 Tickets $20–$85 Utsav lal, piano The Manganiyar Seduction Born in New Delhi, 18-year-old piano prodigy Acclaimed Indian director Roysten Abel brings Utsav Lal has used original interpretations of together Muslim musicians from the deserts of Indian ragas and his mastery of Western classical Rajasthan for a full-throttle musical production music and jazz to command international that fuses the Manganiyars’s highly energetic attention. Dubbed “the Raga Pianist,” Lal seeks sound and the visual seduction of Amsterdam’s to meld the best of Eastern and Western music red light district. Featuring 43 musicians spanning through his compositions without detracting from three generations, seated in 36 red curtained either one. cubicles stacked 4 high and 9 across, The Manganiyar Seduction is as much a treat for the March 13 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater eyes as it is for the ears. A free Explore the Arts Tickets $25 discussion follows the performance on March 19. March 19 at 8 p.m. & March 20 at 2:30 p.m. Eisenhower theater Tickets $25–$45Utsav lal l. subramaniam and ambi subramaniam
  12. 12. EmergenceSoulmate THE MONSOON CLUB AT THE TERRACE GALLERY Some of India’s freshest musical talents will perform in The Monsoon Club, a space designed by Chris Lee and Kapil Gupta. Founding Principals of the international firm Serie Architects, Lee and Gupta have designed some of the most talked about clubs and restaurants in Mumbai. The monsoon is a quintessential Indian moment which has inspired great emotion in music, dance, and other creative arts. The installation in the Terrace Gallery is imagined as an instant in a downpour, a three-dimensional carpet of 500,000 raindrops frozen in space. The pattern and colors of the suspended threads are borrowed from traditional dhurrie carpets, forming an unraveling loom cascading from one end of the room to the other. Emergence and versatile protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Get back to the elemental energy of Hussain, lets her training in classical pianoSuphala music with Tamil Nadu-based Emergence. and improvisational performance style pour Inspired by lead singer and guitarist out through this remarkable instrument. At Krishna’s travels around India exploring The Monsoon Club, Suphala will be joined Indian philosophy and a life closer to by clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, trumpeter Amir nature, Emergence fuses harmonic textures Elsaffar, and percussionists Matt Kilmer and of guitar and powerful lyrics with sublime John Hadfield. Carnatic melodies played on violin, backed by the expressive grooves of rock, March 10 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $15 funk, and ethnic rhythms and an explosiveRudresh Mahanthappa style of fretless and six-string bass. Rudresh Mahanthappa’s March 3 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $15 Indo-Pak Coalition Led by Indian American saxophonist Soulmate Rudresh Mahanthappa, the Indo-Pak Coalition takes jazz, blends in astutely Based in Shillong in northeastern India, improvised musical elements of SouthDJ Rekha Soulmate had the honor of being the only Asia, and elevates the whole thing to new Indian band to perform at the International heights. This trio with Pakistani American Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2007, guitarist Rez Abbasi and rising tabla star reaching the semi-finals. Rudy Wallang and Dan Weiss is turning heads internationally in Tipriti “Tips” Kharbangar have taken their both the jazz and world music scenes. classic blues sound all over India and now they’re ready for the world. March 11 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $26 March 4 at 7:30 & 9:30 | Tickets $15Sunny Jain DJ Rekha Bhangra Dance Party Suphala & Special Guests London-born musician, DJ, curator, producer, and activist Rekha has been Tabla, the traditional Indian set of two paving the way for bhangra music in hand drums, appears so simple. But the North America through her monthly sounds it makes can be as nuanced and Basement Bhangra event, running in New expressive as the hands and mind that York for more than a decade. Regarded touch it. New York’s Suphala, a young as a pioneer in the South Asian musicPanjabi MC
  13. 13. EmergenceSoulmate THE MONSOON CLUB AT THE TERRACE GALLERY Some of India’s freshest musical talents will perform in The Monsoon Club, a space designed by Chris Lee and Kapil Gupta. Founding Principals of the international firm Serie Architects, Lee and Gupta have designed some of the most talked about clubs and restaurants in Mumbai. The monsoon is a quintessential Indian moment which has inspired great emotion in music, dance, and other creative arts. The installation in the Terrace Gallery is imagined as an instant in a downpour, a three-dimensional carpet of 500,000 raindrops frozen in space. The pattern and colors of the suspended threads are borrowed from traditional dhurrie carpets, forming an unraveling loom cascading from one end of the room to the other. Emergence and versatile protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Get back to the elemental energy of Hussain, lets her training in classical pianoSuphala music with Tamil Nadu-based Emergence. and improvisational performance style pour Inspired by lead singer and guitarist out through this remarkable instrument. At Krishna’s travels around India exploring The Monsoon Club, Suphala will be joined Indian philosophy and a life closer to by clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, trumpeter Amir nature, Emergence fuses harmonic textures Elsaffar, and percussionists Matt Kilmer and of guitar and powerful lyrics with sublime John Hadfield. Carnatic melodies played on violin, backed by the expressive grooves of rock, March 10 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $15 funk, and ethnic rhythms and an explosiveRudresh Mahanthappa style of fretless and six-string bass. Rudresh Mahanthappa’s March 3 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $15 Indo-Pak Coalition Led by Indian American saxophonist Soulmate Rudresh Mahanthappa, the Indo-Pak Coalition takes jazz, blends in astutely Based in Shillong in northeastern India, improvised musical elements of SouthDJ Rekha Soulmate had the honor of being the only Asia, and elevates the whole thing to new Indian band to perform at the International heights. This trio with Pakistani American Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2007, guitarist Rez Abbasi and rising tabla star reaching the semi-finals. Rudy Wallang and Dan Weiss is turning heads internationally in Tipriti “Tips” Kharbangar have taken their both the jazz and world music scenes. classic blues sound all over India and now they’re ready for the world. March 11 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $26 March 4 at 7:30 & 9:30 | Tickets $15Sunny Jain DJ Rekha Bhangra Dance Party Suphala & Special Guests London-born musician, DJ, curator, producer, and activist Rekha has been Tabla, the traditional Indian set of two paving the way for bhangra music in hand drums, appears so simple. But the North America through her monthly sounds it makes can be as nuanced and Basement Bhangra event, running in New expressive as the hands and mind that York for more than a decade. Regarded touch it. New York’s Suphala, a young as a pioneer in the South Asian musicPanjabi MC
  14. 14. Emergencesoulmate THE MONSOON CLUB AT THE TERRACE GALLERY Some of India’s freshest musical talents will perform in The Monsoon Club, a space designed by architect Kapil Gupta. Principal at the international firm Serie Architects and a director at the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai, Gupta has designed some of the most talked about clubs and restaurants in Mumbai. The monsoon is a quintessential Indian moment which has inspired great emotion in music, dance, and other creative arts. The installation in the Terrace Gallery is imagined as an instant in a downpour, a three-dimensional carpet of 500,000 raindrops frozen in space. The pattern and colors of the suspended threads are borrowed from traditional dhurrie carpets, forming an unraveling loom cascading from one end of the room to the other. Emergence and versatile protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Get back to the elemental energy of Hussain, lets her training in classical pianosuphala music with Tamil Nadu-based Emergence. and improvisational performance style pour Inspired by lead singer and guitarist out through this remarkable instrument. At Krishna’s travels around India exploring The Monsoon Club, Suphala will be joined Indian philosophy and a life closer to by clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, trumpeter Amir nature, Emergence fuses harmonic textures Elsaffar, and percussionists Matt Kilmer and of guitar and powerful lyrics with sublime John Hadfield. Carnatic melodies played on violin, backed by the expressive grooves of rock, March 10 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $15 funk, and ethnic rhythms and an explosiveRudresh Mahanthappa style of fretless and six-string bass. Rudresh Mahanthappa’s March 3 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $15 Indo-Pak Coalition Led by Indian American saxophonist soulmate Rudresh Mahanthappa, the Indo-Pak Coalition takes jazz, blends in astutely Based in Shillong in northeastern India, improvised musical elements of SouthDJ Rekha Soulmate had the honor of being the only Asia, and elevates the whole thing to new Indian band to perform at the International heights. This trio with Pakistani American Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2007, guitarist Rez Abbasi and rising tabla star reaching the semi-finals. Rudy Wallang and Dan Weiss is turning heads internationally in Tipriti “Tips” Kharbangar have taken their both the jazz and world music scenes. classic blues sound all over India and now they’re ready for the world. March 11 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $26 March 4 at 7:30 & 9:30 | Tickets $15sunny Jain DJ Rekha Bhangra Dance Party suphala & special guests London-born musician, DJ, curator, producer, and activist Rekha has been Tabla, the traditional Indian set of two paving the way for bhangra music in hand drums, appears so simple. But the North America through her monthly sounds it makes can be as nuanced and Basement Bhangra event, running in New expressive as the hands and mind that York for more than a decade. Regarded touch it. New York’s Suphala, a young as a pioneer in the South Asian musicPanjabi MC
  15. 15. community, Rekha is also an adjunct faculty Free Music Eventsmember at New York University, where she has See Calendar of Free Events for details.taught courses in South Asian pop culture. DJRekha will also lead a free bhangra class on U. shrinivasMarch 13 (see Calendar of Free Events for details). March 1, Millennium StageMarch 12 at 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $12 Rhythm of Rajasthan March 2, Millennium Stage Raghu Dixitsunny Jain and Red Baraat March 4, Millennium Stage Kailash Kher’s KailasaHighly respected drummer, composer, and March 5, Millennium Stageeducator Sunny Jain leads Red Baraat, aone-of-kind dhol and brass band melding the l. subramaniaminfectious North Indian bhangra rhythm with March 6, Eisenhower Theaterfunk, soca, and improvisatory conducting. In asimaaddition to being a two-time recipient of the Arts March 10, Millennium StageInternational Award, Sunny was designated aJazz Ambassador in 2002 by the U.S. Department Parikramaof State and the Kennedy Center. March 11, Millennium Stage Rajan and sajan MisraMarch 18 at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $26 March 13, Eisenhower Theater Taal India: Percussion EnsemblePanjabi MC at The Monsoon Club March 18, Millennium Stage Panjabi MCParty with one of the hottest DJs on the March 20, Millennium Stageinternational club scene. The shooting starproducer from the UK has brought bhangrato hip hop with unparalleled success. His Kailash Kher2002 hit Mundian To Bach Ke, re-released asBeware of the Boys, featuring Jay-Z, earnedhim international fame. Having performed andearned accolades the world over, Panjabi MChas been a pioneer in bringing the sound ofbhangra into the mainstream.March 19 at 9:30 p.m. | Tickets $12OTHER EVENTS IN THE MONSOON CLUBsusmita Mohanty3011: Spaceship UtopiasSee Calendar of Free Events for details.March 6 at 2 p.m. | FreeNandita DasBollywood and BeyondSee Film listings for details.March 14 at 7 p.m. | Tickets $10The Last MughalReading by William DalrympleSee Literature listings for details.March 17 at 7:30 p.m. | Free
  16. 16. theaterIndia onstageIndia is one of the few countries in the world that The maximum INDIA theater series offers wide-can claim an indigenous drama, unaffected by ranging productions by the best of India’s leadingforeign influence. Folk theater and dramatics playwrights, actors, directors, and producers,can be traced to the second millennium BC; the both originally Indian as well as plays adaptedRamayana and Mahabharata may be from world literature in a completely new idiom.considered the earliest recognized epic plays Plays will be performed in Hindi, Manipuri, andthat were the inspiration not only for ancient Hindustani with English surtitles, as well as in English.Indian dramatists, as they are today, but also for The enchantment of puppetry will, of course, beplaywrights, librettists, directors, and composers presented by string and hand puppets but willaround the world. Indian storytelling through go far beyond them to life-size sculptural onesdramatic theater and puppetry has evolved inhabited by the puppeteers. This extraordinaryover millennia, making for some of the most variety of forms and dramatic traditions will bringexciting plays and productions of our times. you a theatrical experience unlike any other.
  17. 17. theatre & television associates around to recognize. In this adaptation, scenes from the original play have been picked up and Nati Binodini interpolated, without distorting the original idea and using unaltered dialogues from the original Born into prostitution and a caste system that text. Performed in Manipuri with English surtitles. held down even the most ambitious, Nati A free Explore the Arts discussion follows the Binodini (1863–1941) defied all odds to become performance on March 4. a leading figure on the Bengali stage. Based on the title character’s autobiography, this work March 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m. | Eisenhower Theater from Theatre & Television Associates of New Tickets $18–$45 Delhi, created and directed by Amal Allana, shows how strength of character can carry one woman far beyond the circumstances of her birth. Performed in Hindi with English surtitles. Motley theatre group Ismat Apa Ke Naam March 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater starring Naseeruddin shah Tickets $36 Indian film superstar Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding and The League of Extraordinary Chorus Repertory theatre Gentlemen) and his Motley Theatre Group When We Dead Awaken from Mumbai stage a collection of three works by short-story writer Ismat Khanum Chughtai. Selected for its universal human themes of Together the works celebrate Chughtai as one death and resurrection, writer, director, and of India’s best-loved writers. “Gharwali,” “Mughal actor Ratan Thiyam puts an Eastern twist on Bachcha,” and “Chhui Muee” are stories that Henrik Ibsen’s final play of the same name. challenge India’s gender biases, caste system, Manipur’s Chorus Repertory Theatre’s When and notions on the worth of rural women. We Dead Awaken revolves around the buried Performed in Hindustani with English surtitles. symbolism in names and occupations. A sculptor A free Explore the Arts discussion follows the who has grown cold to his wife is led to climb performance on March 5. a great mountain by an intriguing woman. But the monolith proves to be too much for the March 5 at 7:30 and March 6 at 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. sculptor in this enigmatic play that hints that Family theater when we wake up to our reality, there is little Tickets $26Nati Binodini
  18. 18. Naseeruddin shah in Ismat Apa Ke Naam
  19. 19. The Tagore-Gandhi Letters The Last MughalPanel: Ashis Nandy & Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak A reading by William DalrympleModerator: Ritu Birla Accompanied by classical singer Vidya ShahNot only did Mohandas Gandhi and Discover a bygone era of matchless splendor—Rabindranath Tagore influence India for all time, the period of the last Mughals. This evocativethey influenced each other. Between 1915, evening celebrates the sweet, poignant poetrythe year Gandhi landed in India from South and ghazals of the Mughal court, brought to lifeAfrica, and 1941, the year of Tagore’s death, by celebrated author William Dalrymple readingthe Mahatma and the poet exchanged letters, from his award-winning book The Last Mughal:debated, and discussed issues in person, as well The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857. Experience aas in the pages of the two journals they edited: forgotten world of emperors, poets, courtesans,Young India (Gandhi) and Modern Review politics, bayonets, intrigue, and love.(Tagore). Ashis Nandy and Gayatri ChakravortySpivak, scholars and authors of early 20th century March 17 at 7:30 p.m. | The Monsoon Club | FreeIndian history, recapture the conversationbetween these two powerful figures. Politics and LiteratureMarch 12 at 1:30 p.m. | Family Theater | Free Panel: Salman Rushdie & Nayantara Sahgal Moderator: Ahdaf SoueifThe Majority on the Margins Beginning with writers’ first published words, their views bear influence on others. What role doPanel: Faustina Bama, Ganesh N. Devy, & Javed history and politics play in a writer’s imagination?Akhtar Is religion important? Gender, class, caste?Moderator: Ritu Menon Should literature preoccupy itself with any ofNo matter how you cut it, the vast majority of these? Are writers by their nature obsessed withIndian literature is inaccessible to English readers. all of these? Salman Rushdie is a world-famousIs it the case that most Indian writing that is author of landmark novels such as Midnight’stranslated to English is automatically westernized? Children, The Moor’s Last Sigh, Haroun and theOr that writing in other Indian languages is Sea of Stories, and most recently, Luka and theprovincial, non-metropolitan, grounded in a Fire of Life. Nayantara Sahgal is an acclaimedhome-grown reality? Is the one more “authentic” political commentator and author of nine novelsthan the other? And can any Indian language and nine works of non-fiction.ever be accurately labeled “marginal” whenits readers number in the millions? Writers from March 18 at 8 p.m. | Concert Hall | Freeacross India’s literary spectrum address theseburning questions and others. Celluloid LivesMarch 12 at 4 p.m. | Family Theater | Free Panel: Girish Karnad, Sharmila Tagore, & Sadanand MenonImagining the City Moderator: Lalitha Gopalan Since the 1950s, cinema has evolved to dominatePanel: Suketu Mehta, Maya K. Rao, & Sunetra India’s imagination. This panel explores filmGupta biography and autobiography as a personalizedModerator: Hirsh Sawhney account of this evolution as experienced byImagining the City will offer a lively panel those most intimately involved. Girish Karnaddiscussion about cities in India—their histories is a multiple award-winning playwright, actor,and their futures. Suketu Mehta is the author and director. Sharmila Tagore is an icon of theof the classic study of Bombay, Maximum City: silver screen and was the young heroine of earlyBombay Lost and Found. Maya K. Rao stands at Satyajit Ray films. Sadanand Menon is a notablethe forefront of contemporary Indian theater. film critic, journalist, chronicler of Tamil cinema,Sunetra Gupta is the highly regarded author of and cultural commentator.Memories of Rain, A Sin of Colour, and her mostrecent novel, So Good in Black, a paean to her March 19 at 4:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater | Freenative city, Kolkata.March 13 at 4 p.m. | Family Theater | Free
  20. 20. Broken Images shabana azmi in starring shabana azmi Broken Images One of the most respected names in Indian cinema, award-winning actress Shabana Azmi stars in Girish Karnad’s psychological thriller about a relatively unknown Hindi short story writer who suddenly becomes wealthy and famous by writing a best-seller in English. Has she betrayed her language and identity? This one-woman play is directed by Alyque Padamsee. Performed in English. March 16 at 8 p.m. | Eisenhower Theater Tickets $35–$100 the Ishara Puppet theatre trust Simple Dreams Combining the essences of puppetry and imagination, Simple Dreams is an interplay of music, dance, and performers animating simple objects such as sticks and umbrellas to create vivid images of birds, fish, animals. This Free theater Events See Calendar of Free Events for details. visual poem on nature and the cycle of life comes from the imagination of leading Indian Dan Nainan, comedian puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee, founder of The Ishara March 3, Millennium Stage Puppet Theatre Trust. For age 5 and up. the Ishara Puppet theatre trust March 19 & 20 at 1:30 & 4 p.m. | Family Theater Images of Truth Tickets $18 March 12, Eisenhower TheaterWhen We Dead Awaken
  21. 21. literaturethe Power of the WordLiterary activity in India has been exceptionally output is staggering, its range impressive.rich in the 21st century, in all genres, in all The literature segment of the maximum INDIAlanguages. Fiction and non-fiction; plays and festival focuses on the many aspects of creativepoetry; autobiography and biography. Fiction writing in India as it poses the questions: Howinto film, film into memoir; voices heard, or have writers responded to the paradoxicalwhen unheard, found in translation. The spoken nature of Indian reality? How have theyword, the word performed. In India or outside, challenged, appropriated, wrestled with,diasporic or otherwise, writers have forged an delighted in or despaired of its bewildering,idiom that is striking for its freshness and confident changeable character? Have they dealt with itin its expression. Their writing has received critical imaginatively? Experimentally? Politically? It is aand literary acclaim, won awards, been quoted veritable, moveable literary feast!and emulated, taught and analyzed. Its sheer
  22. 22. The Tagore-Gandhi Letters The Last MughalPanel: Ashis Nandy & Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak a reading by William DalrympleModerator: Ritu Birla accompanied by classical singer vidya shahNot only did Mohandas Gandhi and Discover a bygone era of matchless splendor—Rabindranath Tagore influence India for all time, the period of the last Mughals. This evocativethey influenced each other. Between 1915, evening celebrates the sweet, poignant poetrythe year Gandhi landed in India from South and ghazals of the Mughal court, brought to lifeAfrica, and 1941, the year of Tagore’s death, by celebrated author William Dalrymple readingthe Mahatma and the poet exchanged letters, from his award-winning book The Last Mughal:debated, and discussed issues in person, as well The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857. Experience aas in the pages of the two journals they edited: forgotten world of emperors, poets, courtesans,Young India (Gandhi) and Modern Review politics, bayonets, intrigue, and love.(Tagore). Ashis Nandy and Gayatri ChakravortySpivak, scholars and authors of early 20th century March 17 at 7:30 p.m. | The Monsoon Club | FreeIndian history, recapture the conversationbetween these two powerful figures. Politics and LiteratureMarch 12 at 1:30 p.m. | Family Theater | Free Panel: Salman Rushdie, Nayantara Sahgal, & William DalrympleThe Majority on the Margins Moderator: Ahdaf Soueif Beginning with writers’ first published words, theirPanel: Faustina Bama, Ganesh N. Devy, & Javed views bear influence on others. What role doakhtar history and politics play in a writer’s imagination?Moderator: Ritu Menon Is religion important? Gender, class, caste?No matter how you cut it, the vast majority of Should literature preoccupy itself with any ofIndian literature is inaccessible to English readers. these? Are writers by their nature obsessed withIs it the case that most Indian writing that is all of these? Salman Rushdie is a world-famoustranslated to English is automatically westernized? author of landmark novels such as Midnight’sOr that writing in other Indian languages is Children, The Moor’s Last Sigh, Haroun and theprovincial, non-metropolitan, grounded in a Sea of Stories, and most recently, Luka and thehome-grown reality? Is the one more “authentic” Fire of Life. Nayantara Sahgal is an acclaimedthan the other? And can any Indian language political commentator and author of nine novelsever be accurately labeled “marginal” when and nine works of non-fiction. Author Williamits readers number in the millions? Writers from Dalrymple moved to Delhi at 22 to research theacross India’s literary spectrum address these award-winning City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi, andburning questions and others. since has written about all corners of the world.March 12 at 4 p.m. | Family Theater | Free March 18 at 8 p.m. | Concert Hall | FreeImagining the City Celluloid LivesPanel: Suketu Mehta, Maya K. Rao, & Sunetra Panel: Girish Karnad, Sharmila Tagore, &gupta sadanand MenonModerator: Hirsh Sawhney Moderator: Lalitha GopalanImagining the City will offer a lively panel Since the 1950s, cinema has evolved to dominatediscussion about cities in India—their histories India’s imagination. This panel explores filmand their futures. Suketu Mehta is the author biography and autobiography as a personalizedof the classic study of Bombay, Maximum City: account of this evolution as experienced byBombay Lost and Found. Maya K. Rao stands at those most intimately involved. Girish Karnadthe forefront of contemporary Indian theater. is a multiple award-winning playwright, actor,Sunetra Gupta is the highly regarded author of and director. Sharmila Tagore is an icon of theMemories of Rain, A Sin of Colour, and her most silver screen and was the young heroine of earlyrecent novel, So Good in Black, a paean to her Satyajit Ray films. Sadanand Menon is a notablenative city, Kolkata. film critic, journalist, chronicler of Tamil cinema, and cultural commentator.March 13 at 4 p.m. | Family Theater | Free March 19 at 4:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater | Free
  23. 23. DISCUSSIONS Adoor Gopalakrishnan is one of India’s most acclaimed contemporary film-makers whose Nandita Das award-winning films include Kodiyettam/Ascent and Kathapurushan/Man of the Story. Shyam Bollywood and Beyond Benegal has been considered one of India’s leading film-makers since his first feature film, Nandita Das, an award-winning actress and Ankur. Ketan Mehta is a film director and part of director known for her critically acclaimed the international film circuit, whose films include performances in films like Fire, Earth, and many Bhavni Bhavai and Mangal Pandey: The others, leads a discussion of the Indian film Rising. Dilip Basu is Founding Director of the Satyajit industry. Bollywood, the Hindi-language films Ray Film & Study Center and helped create the churned out by big-banner studios in Bombay, South Asia Studies Center at UC Santa Cruz. seems to have become synonymous with Indian cinema yet some of India’s most outstanding March 15 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater directors—Satyajit Ray, Aravindan, Mrinal Sen, Tickets $10 Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shaji Karun, Girish Kasaravalli, and others—have made compelling films in their native languages outside the system. FILM SCREENINGS These “regional” films have featured significantly in the international arena and have much to share with the world that is beyond Bollywood. Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) (2010) March 14 at 7:30 p.m. | The Monsoon Club With an introduction and post-screening Q&A Tickets $10 with director and screenwriter Kiran Rao One of India’s most sought-after leading men, Aamir Khan stars in wife Kiran Rao’s feature film directorial debut, the story of four people from Panel Discussion: Portrayal of very different backgrounds, whose worlds Indian Women in Film intersect and leave them forever altered. As they find themselves drawn into compelling Panel: Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Adoor relationships, the city finds its way into the crevices Gopalakrishnan, Ketan Mehta, & Dilip Basu of their lives, separating them even as it brings Moderator: Nandita Das them closer. Fragments of their experience— Some of the biggest names in Indian cinema seen through a naive video diary, black and discuss the portrayal of Indian women in film white photographic images, and painting—form through the lens of the screenings chosen for a portrait of Mumbai and its people bound maximum INDIA. Shabana Azmi has starred in together as they journey through loneliness, loss, some of the greatest Indian films such as Ankur, and love. In Hindi with English subtitles. Mandi, and Tehzeeb. Sharmila Tagore is an icon of the silver screen, who was the young heroine March 19 at 8 p.m. | Terrace Theater | Tickets $12 of early Satyajit Ray films before she moved to mainstream Hindi cinema with Kashmir ki Kali.Aamir Khan in Dhobi Ghat
  24. 24. filmFreeze FrameAn India without films is simply unimaginable. The films selected for maximum INDIA are anFilmmaking there seems to be almost as eclectic but wholly satisfying collection ofspontaneous as breathing! If it isn’t by now the movies and documentaries that highlight majorlargest film-producing country in the world, it’s landmarks in Indian filmmaking over the last 50certainly the most diverse. Films are watched by years, with a special focus on films that featuremillions of viewers, made in several languages women—as symbols, as rebels, as survivors, orand in every part of the country, each in a simply as themselves, in all their contradictorydistinctive idiom and a particular regional flavor. and wonderful complexity. These films haveSlickly flamboyant Bombay films, political films been made by some of the most outstandingfrom the South, sophisticated Bengali films, directors in the industry and the roles portrayedBollywood song-and-dance, the nuanced by actresses of remarkable range, beauty, andrealism of the new wave, and a whole new crop accomplishment. Many of them will introduceof features, documentaries, and docudramas their films and engage in discussions withthat are confidently hybrid and experimental the audience and among themselves, in arepresent a film culture that is inventive, buoyant scintillating debate on the presence of women inand irrepressible. Indian films.
  25. 25. DISCUSSIONS mainstream Hindi cinema with Kashmir ki Kali. Adoor Gopalakrishnan is one of India’s most Nandita Das acclaimed contemporary film-makers whose award-winning films include Kodiyettam/Ascent Bollywood and Beyond and Kathapurushan/Man of the Story. Shyam Benegal has been considered one of India’s Nandita Das, an award-winning actress and leading film-makers since his first feature film, director known for her critically acclaimed Ankur. Ketan Mehta is a film director and part of performances in films like Fire, Earth, and many the international film circuit, whose films include others, leads a discussion of the Indian film Bhavni Bhavai and Mangal Pandey: The industry. Bollywood, the Hindi-language films Rising. Dilip Basu is Founding Director of the Satyajit churned out by big-banner studios in Bombay, Ray Film & Study Center and helped create the seems to have become synonymous with Indian South Asia Studies Center at UC Santa Cruz. cinema yet some of India’s most outstanding directors—Satyajit Ray, Aravindan, Mrinal Sen, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shaji Karun, Girish Tickets $10 Kasaravalli, and others—have made compelling films in their native languages outside the system. These “regional” films have featured significantly FILM SCREENINGS in the international arena and have much to share with the world that is beyond Bollywood. Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) (2010) March 14 at 7:30 p.m. | The Monsoon Club Tickets $10 With an introduction and post-screening Q&a with director and screenwriter Kiran Rao One of India’s most sought-after leading men, Aamir Khan stars in wife Kiran Rao’s feature film Panel Discussion: Portrayal of directorial debut, the story of four people from Indian Women in Film very different backgrounds, whose worlds intersect and leave them forever altered. As they Panel: Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Adoor find themselves drawn into compelling gopalakrishnan, shyam Benegal, Ketan Mehta, relationships, the city finds its way into the crevices & Dilip Basu of their lives, separating them even as it brings Moderator: Nandita Das them closer. Fragments of their experience— Some of the biggest names in Indian cinema seen through a naive video diary, black and discuss the portrayal of Indian women in film white photographic images, and painting—form through the lens of the screenings chosen for a portrait of Mumbai and its people bound maximum INDIA. Shabana Azmi has starred in together as they journey through loneliness, loss, some of the greatest Indian films such as Ankur, and love. In Hindi with English subtitles. Mandi, and Tehzeeb. Sharmila Tagore is an icon of the silver screen, who was the young heroine March 19 at 8 p.m. | Terrace Theater | Tickets $12 of early Satyajit Ray films before she moved toaamir Khan in Dhobi Ghat
  26. 26. MandiNandita Das and shabana azmi in Fire
  27. 27. PORTRAYAL OF INDIAN WOMEN IN FILM SERIES Fire (1996)Four Women (2007) With an introduction and post-screening Q&A with actress Nandita DasWith an introduction and post-screening Q&A Director Deepa Mehta’s groundbreaking Firewith director and screenwriter Adoor was the first Indian film to explicitly portrayGopalakrishnan and actress Nandita Das homosexual relations. Setting off a flurry of publicA searing and thought-provoking drama dialogue with its Indian release, the film continuesrevolving around four elemental female to invite conversations on homosexuality andcharacters in the south Indian state of Kerala: freedom of speech. Set in the joint household ofThe Prostitute, The Virgin, The Housewife, and The a contemporary Delhi family, two daughters-in-Spinster. In each tale, the women must submit to law trapped in unhappy marriages turn to eacha role society decides for them, and each role other for solace and eventually love. In English.offers a paradox of freedom and bondage inequal measure. In Malayalam with English March 20 at 1:30 p.m. | Terrace Theatersubtitles. Tickets $12March 16 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace TheaterTickets $12 Mirch Masala (1985) With an introduction and post-screening Q&AMandi (1983) with director Ketan Mehta In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) wentWith an introduction by actress Shabana Azmi from village to village with soldiers, oftenA satirical comedy on politics and prostitution, demanding more than taxes. A subedarwhich stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confidantand Smita Patil, Mandi is based on a classic Urdu woman whose husband is away in the city, toshort story, Aanandi, by the Pakistani writer sleep with him. She refuses and flees for safety toGhulam Abbas. The film tells the story of a brothel a spice factory. The aged factory guard, Abusituated in the heart of a city, an area that some Mian, locks the door behind her, refusing to openpoliticians covet for its prime location. In Hindi it to the soldiers, the cowardly village men led bywith English subtitles. the mayor, or the subedar himself. The town’s teacher and a few women, including theMarch 17 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater mayor’s wife, protest ineffectually against thisTickets $12 village-approved rape. In Hindi with English subtitles.Devi (1960) March 20 at 5 p.m. | Terrace Theater Tickets $12With an introduction and post-screening Q&Awith actress Sharmila Tagore and Satyajit Rayscholar Dilip Basu Free Film EventsA young woman is deemed a goddess when herfather-in-law, a rich feudal landlord, envisions her Film Screenings: The Story of Gitanjali andas the Goddess Kali. The woman herself starts Pather Panchali: A Living Resonancebelieving that she is an avatar, and that belief See Calendar of Free Events for details.soon turns to tragedy. One of Satyajit Ray’s March 15, Millennium Stageclassics, the film is an interesting take on howwomen were simultaneously oppressed and Film Screenings: Does Gandhi Matter? anddeified by society. In Bengali with English Ismat & Anniesubtitles. See Calendar of Free Events for details. March 16, Millennium StageMarch 19 at 11 a.m. | Terrace Theater Panel Discussion: Celluloid LivesTickets $12 See Literature listings for details. March 19, Terrace Theater
  28. 28. PORTRAYAL OF INDIAN WOMEN IN FILM SERIES Fire (1996)Four Women (2007) With an introduction and post-screening Q&a with actress Nandita DasWith an introduction and post-screening Q&a Director Deepa Mehta’s groundbreaking Firewith director and screenwriter adoor was the first Indian film to explicitly portraygopalakrishnan and actress Nandita Das homosexual relations. Setting off a flurry of publicA searing and thought-provoking drama dialogue with its Indian release, the film continuesrevolving around four elemental female to invite conversations on homosexuality andcharacters in the south Indian state of Kerala: freedom of speech. Set in the joint household ofThe Prostitute, The Virgin, The Housewife, and The a contemporary Delhi family, two daughters-in-Spinster. In each tale, the women must submit to law trapped in unhappy marriages turn to eacha role society decides for them, and each role other for solace and eventually love. In English.offers a paradox of freedom and bondage inequal measure. In Malayalam with English March 20 at 1:30 p.m. | Terrace Theatersubtitles. Tickets $12March 16 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace TheaterTickets $12 Mirch Masala (1985) With an introduction and post-screening Q&aMandi (1983) with director Ketan Mehta In colonial India, subedars (tax collectors) wentWith an introduction by director shyam Benegal from village to village with soldiers, oftenand actress shabana azmi demanding more than taxes. A subedarA satirical comedy on politics and prostitution, commands Sonbai, a beautiful and confidantwhich stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, woman whose husband is away in the city, toand Smita Patil, Mandi is based on a classic Urdu sleep with him. She refuses and flees for safety toshort story, Aanandi, by the Pakistani writer a spice factory. The aged factory guard, AbuGhulam Abbas. The film tells the story of a brothel Mian, locks the door behind her, refusing to opensituated in the heart of a city, an area that some it to the soldiers, the cowardly village men led bypoliticians covet for its prime location. In Hindi the mayor, or the subedar himself. The town’swith English subtitles. teacher and a few women, including the mayor’s wife, protest ineffectually against thisMarch 17 at 7:30 p.m. | Terrace Theater village-approved rape. In Hindi with EnglishTickets $12 subtitles. March 20 at 5 p.m. | Terrace TheaterDevi (1960) Tickets $12With an introduction and post-screening Q&awith actress sharmila tagore and satyajit Ray Free Film Eventsscholar Dilip BasuA young woman is deemed a goddess when her Film Screenings: The Story of Gitanjali andfather-in-law, a rich feudal landlord, envisions her Pather Panchali: A Living Resonanceas the Goddess Kali. The woman herself starts See Calendar of Free Events for details.believing that she is an avatar, and that belief March 15, Millennium Stagesoon turns to tragedy. One of Satyajit Ray’sclassics, the film is an interesting take on how Film Screenings: Does Gandhi Matter? andwomen were simultaneously oppressed and Ismat & Anniedeified by society. In Bengali with English See Calendar of Free Events for details.subtitles. March 16, Millennium Stage Panel Discussion: Celluloid LivesMarch 19 at 11 a.m. | Terrace Theater See Literature listings for details.Tickets $12 March 19, Terrace Theater
  29. 29. exhibitions…in the Eye of the BeholderFor maximum INDIA, the grand halls of the On the international art scene today, IndianKennedy Center will be filled with images and contemporary art, painting, sculpture, andobjects that reflect the arts and aesthetics site-specific work is a major presence andof India through the lens and imagination commands the attention of major museums,of its artists and craftspeople. From fans and galleries, and collectors all over the world. Forsaris—hand-crafted objects for everyday use maximum INDIA, visual art exhibitions will featurethat for 6,000 years have been the hallmark the work of the current generation of artists livingof Indian culture, heritage, and identity—to and working in India, connected to every cornerexquisite jewelry made from designs and with of the global village, creating a bold new art.craftsmanship handed down since the time of The work of these artists looks back as it looksthe Maharajas and the Mughals, the festival’s forward, forging new Indian identities that drawexhibitions will inspire wonder. strength from the past.
  30. 30. Bharti Kher Reena saini KallatI’ve Got Eyes at the Back of My Head Falling FablesArt targets all the senses, not solely one’s eyes Greatness fades, but into what and why? Reenaor ears, but all parts of perception. According Saini Kallat’s Falling Fables is part of a series ofto traditional Indian beliefs, the roots of works whose title references architectural ruinsperception can be accessed most directly that are disintegrating and in a state of collapse.via the “third eye.” One of India’s best-known The surface of the pillars consists of numerouscontemporary artists, Bharti Kher’s works often rubberstamps bearing addresses of missingincorporate bindis—the traditional forehead monuments listed as protected sites under thedecoration worn to indicate the marking of the Archeological Survey of India, dispersed amidstthird eye for women and men in Indian culture. others that carry fragments of poems andCommissioned for maximum INDIA, her new phrases on architecture and loss. Her paintingswork, I’ve Got Eyes at the Back of My Head reference parts of the city of Delhi, where ruinsis comprised of 5,000 vinyl bindis grouped to from the past rub shoulders with present-dayform targets on the surface of four windows in structures. As an artist and citizen of an ancientthe Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. Each bindi but ever-evolving society, Kallat has longcan be understood as a person or a group, been interested in official records of loss andmultilayered or specific, their arrangement en disappearance.masse mapping demographic movements,the migrations and intermarriages of teeming March 1–20, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | North Atrium Foyerpopulaces, and then simultaneously pinpointing Freeplace.March 1–20, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | Grand Foyer Kaleidoscope: Mapping India’sFree Crafts It’s almost a truism to say that the crafts of IndiaJitish Kallat are among the world’s most varied, beautiful,Public Notice 2 and refined, created by artisans whose skills and traditions have been perfected within familiesPublic Notice 2 recalls the historic speech and passed on from one generation to thedelivered by Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of next. This exhibition displays a range of artifactsthe epic Salt March to Dandi in early 1930 as created by these craftsmen, providing a lensa protest against the salt tax instituted by the through which we experience kaleidoscopicBritish. Through this speech he laid down the India, complex and colorful with perpetuallycodes of conduct for his fellow revolutionaries, changing patterns and scenes.calling for complete civil disobedience, the only A caravan of bicycles stacked with boxes andfierce restriction being that of maintaining “total crafts, panoramic projections of filmic images ofpeace” and “absolute non-violence.” Kallat, people and places, and a giant map studdedwhose works explore a myriad of topics ranging with hand-crafted objects offer a dynamic andfrom family life and ancestry to meditations on unexpected view of the vitality of craft creativitythe passage of time, represents Gandhi’s ardent in India. A selection of extraordinary objectsspeech through some 4,500 bone-shaped letters. (on loan from the Crafts Museum, New Delhi, asEach letter of this alphabet, like a misplaced well as from private collections) is drawn fromrelic, holds up the image of violence even as its different parts of the country—rural or tribal,collective chorus makes a plea for peace to a primitive or highly developed—to complete theworld plagued with aggression. picture of a culture where arts and crafts go hand-in-hand.March 1–20, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | Hall of NationsFree March 1–20, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | Atrium | Free Join scholars for an Explore the Arts guided tour through Kaleidoscope: Mapping India’s Crafts and Treasures of the Gem Palace, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets $5.
  31. 31. Treasures of the Gem Palace To Stir the Still Air—Pankha From the Collection of Jatin Das Arguably India’s most renowned producers of handmade jewelry, the Gem Palace, established In the heat of India, the pankha (hand fan) by the Kasliwal family of Jaipur, has been taking has been a fixture for centuries. Its shape precious stones from the earth to their final and prominence makes it a prime canvas for ornate settings since 1852. Jewelers for more craftsmen to display their skill. Jatin Das, an than eight generations, the Kasliwals were even eminent contemporary artist, has spent decades court jewelers to Mughal emperors. Involved seeking traditional crafted hand fans from in jewelry manufacturing from the mining of provinces across India. Forty favorites picked stones to finished fine jewelry, the Gem Palace’s from his collection display the variety of shapes, collection boasts antiques from the coffers of sizes, techniques, and materials used to craft this Maharajas as well as contemporary designs practical day-to-day item. studded with precious gemstones. March 1–20, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | States Gallery | Free March 1–20, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | South Atrium Foyer Free gem Palace Boutique After viewing examples of some of the Gem Palace’s finest work, patrons may visit the accompanying boutique in the Nations Gallery to shop for additions to their own collection.vishnu Vahara avatar from Makara head Minakari (enamel on gold) banglethe collection of the Crafts bracelets, set with rose cut diamonds and rubies,Museum, New Delhi Treasures of the Gem Palace
  32. 32. Embroidered pankha (fan), Gujarat SARI in appeal—the Karadi Tales bring timeless stories from Indian folklore to life through vivid The sari is the most representative apparel of animation, music, and narration. Collaborating India, a visual identity that has intrigued men on a wide variety of media, including graphics, and tempted women all over the world. The video, music, interior design, product design, and unstitched cloth is a truly Indian phenomenon. painting, New Delhi-based artists Jiten Thukral It is when you travel in India that you begin to and Sumir Tagra’s vivid, colorful work reflects their understand the sari is a hugely variable garment. fascination with consumerism, presenting the The lady from the fishing community wears it world from a uniquely Indian perspective. differently from the rice planting agriculturist. An urban woman from Gujarat wears it differently March 1–20, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | Nations Gallery from the women of Tamil Nadu. Woven, Free embroidered, brocaded, hand-printed, tied- and-dyed, even painted, in shimmering silk, finely spun khadi, or cottons as light as the breeze, Craft Demonstrations many unique examples of this extraordinary garment will be on display. Observe some of the world’s most gifted artisans as they create their crafts. J. Niranjan produces March 1–20, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. | Hall of States | Free painstaking Kalamkari paintings, using natural dyes applied color by color to produce images of dance and ceremony that are full of life’s true thukral and tagra details. Husband-and-wife team satya Narayan lal Karn and Moti Karn create Mithila Kala, a Hi! I am India painting form from the Madhubani district of Bihar, with a cotton-tipped broomstraw dipped Hi! I am India is an interactive playspace for in color pastes obtained from leaves, grass, and children that presents interesting facts about life flowers. in modern India and dispels common stereotypes J. Niranjan, Satya Narayan Lal Karn, and Moti Karn are all part of Paramparik through a sticker activity station. Hi! I am India Karigar, an association dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional arts and crafts of India. also features books and videos from Karadi March 1–20, Times vary | Hall of States | Free Tales. Rooted in Indian culture—yet universal
  33. 33. cuisineConnoisseurs of CuisinesIndians are foodies by nature, you could say, but everything from skewered and barbecued toalso by inclination! Indian cuisines defy definition steamed or soaked. Made to make mouthsbecause they are almost infinite in variety, taste, water and delight discerning palates, maximumand styles of preparation. Each community, INDIA serves up maximum eating pleasure at theeach region, each season, each festival, KC Café and the Roof Terrace Restaurant byeach ritual occasion has its own delicious and inviting 12 master chefs from the four corners ofgastronomically distinct foods, and prescribed the country to provide diners with a gastronomiccodes for feasting and fasting. Hundreds of journey through Indian cuisine seldom foundfish, meat, and chicken delicacies in a country in restaurants. Lectures, demonstrations, andthought to be vegetarian. Literally thousands tastings accompany this delectable opportunityof ways to cook vegetables and lentils, fruits to sample food from Kashmir to Kerala, from theand even flowers, ripe or raw. Aromatic or City of Joy (Kolkata) to the City that Never Sleepstherapeutic, decorated with beaten silver or (Mumbai), from street fare to food from royalsaffron, crushed almonds or pistachios, there’s kitchens. In short, the best of India on a platter!
  34. 34. cuisineConnoisseurs of CuisinesIndians are foodies by nature, you could say, but everything from skewered and barbecued toalso by inclination! Indian cuisines defy definition steamed or soaked. Made to make mouthsbecause they are almost infinite in variety, taste, water and delight discerning palates, maximumand styles of preparation. Each community, INDIA serves up maximum eating pleasure at theeach region, each season, each festival, KC Café and the Roof Terrace Restaurant byeach ritual occasion has its own delicious and inviting 13 master chefs from the four corners ofgastronomically distinct foods, and prescribed the country to provide diners with a gastronomiccodes for feasting and fasting. Hundreds of journey through Indian cuisine seldom foundfish, meat, and chicken delicacies in a country in restaurants. Lectures, demonstrations, andthought to be vegetarian. Literally thousands tastings accompany this delectable opportunityof ways to cook vegetables and lentils, fruits to sample food from Kashmir to Kerala, from theand even flowers, ripe or raw. Aromatic or City of Joy (Kolkata) to the City that Never Sleepstherapeutic, decorated with beaten silver or (Mumbai), from street fare to food from royalsaffron, crushed almonds or pistachios, there’s kitchens. In short, the best of India on a platter!
  35. 35. Chef hemant oberoi, Executive Grand Chef of Explore the Arts: Taste of India— the Taj Mahal Palace & Towers in Mumbai, is one of India’s foremost chefs. In a career spanning session I four decades, he has cooked for kings, queens Take a multi-sensory journey through the North and other heads of state as well as Hollywood and South regions of India with Hemant Oberoi, and Bollywood royalty. He was the first Indian one of India’s top chefs. Your exploration begins chef nominated to the World Gourmet Club. with a compelling lecture about the evolution of For maximum INDIA, Chef Oberoi will lead a India’s various food cultures. Next, Chef Oberoi team of twelve chefs from around the country, introduces you to the tastes of each featured to introduce festival patrons to the exciting and region with a specially prepared tasting menu. varied cuisines from all over India. March 5 at 11 a.m. | Roof Terrace Restaurant Chef ananda solomon is the Executive Chef of Tickets $100 the Taj President and is well-known throughout India and the world as a culinary trailblazer. Though his background is in French cuisine, Solomon is perhaps best known for his restaurants Explore the Arts: Taste of India— serving his native Konkan cuisine, born from a session II desire to introduce Indians accustomed to North Indian tandoori food to South Indian fare. He was Learn about India’s East and West with a the only Indian chef selected to participate in compelling lecture about the evolution of India’s the famous Slow Food event, Salone Del Gusto, various food cultures by Chef Hemant Oberoi, in Italy in 2002 and the first Indian winner at the one of India’s top chefs, followed by a specially World Gourmet Summit. prepared tasting menu. March 12 at 11 a.m. | Roof Terrace Restaurant Visit kennedy-center.org/visitor/restaurants for Tickets $100 complete menus and details.Chef hemant oberoi
  36. 36. Indian Council for CulturalRelations (ICCR)The ICCR was founded in 1950 as an organizationthat would foster and strengthen cultural relationsand mutual understanding between India and othernations and peoples. For maximum INDIA, the ICCR,Dr. Karan Singh, President; and the Embassy of Indiain Washington, DC, led by Her Excellency MeeraShankar, Ambassador of India to the United States,present a vibrant cross-section of the performingarts of India. The performers include some of themost respected names in Indian classical music, L.Subramaniam and Rajan & Sajan Misra; rock bandParikrama; classical and contemporary dance the John F. Kennedy Centerpresentations from the Kerala KalamandalamKathakali Troupe, Tanusree Shankar Dance Company, for the Performing artsNatyalakshana, Odissi Vision & Movement Center, David M. Rubenstein, Chairmanand Gulabo Sapera & Party; and a glimpse into Michael M. Kaiser, PresidentBollywood’s quintessential song-and-dance routines inTicket to Bollywood. Festival Credits Vice President, International Programming Festival Curatorabout the festival logo Alicia Adams CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM FOR ExHIBITIONS“India is an amalgamation of many, it is a singularaddress for the plural—from clothes, to cultures, to Exhibition curatorscuisines. One of the most apt personifications of India’s Alicia Adamsdiversity is in its language. It is a country that has more Gilda Almeidathan 1,600 dialects spoken throughout its length and Vice President, Productionbreadth. Diverse in every way—from their roots to their Mickey Berrascripts—the only unifying factor of the languages is Exhibitions Designthat they are all Indian. The maximum INDIA logo is a Studio Adrien Gardèrecoming together of all the languages that make Indiathe diverse land that it is. It combines the many scripts Logo DesignIndia has; it showcases its oneness in its diversity. Fusing Grandmother India Design Pvt. Ltd.the scripts with a contemporary type style, the logo is Film curatortraditional yet contemporary; just like India.” Nandita Das for Portrayal of Indian Women in Film —Grandmother India Design Literary curator Ritu Menon Exhibition consultantgifts, Mementos, and More Dr. Ruchira Ghose, Director, Crafts Museum, Delhi Martand Singh for SARI Upstairs in the Nations Gallery, browse beautiful Advisors hand-crafted jewelry from Asia Society Gem Palace of Jaipur in Vishakha N. Desai, President the stylish lounge. In the Rachel Cooper, Director of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts Level A Gift Shop, you’ll find a marketplace of Program consultants exquisite Indian arts and Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Productions crafts, from purses made Vijay Padaki, Honorary President, Academy of from recycled vintage saris Theatre Arts, Bangalore Little Theatre Foundation to paper goods from fair Susmita Mohanty, CEO, Earth2Orbit trade cooperatives, plus INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING STAFF jewelry, textiles, chimes, leather goods, and more. International Programming Director/Festivals Manager Gilda Almeida Festival Assistants tickets available at the Kennedy Center Annette Dumas xerxes UnvalaBox Office or charge by phone (202) 467-4600 Kathi Reynolds Toll-free (800) 444-1324 Special thanks to all Kennedy Center staff involved in online at kennedy-center.org/india the realization of this festival TTY (202) 416-8423 Groups (202) 416-8400

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