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Sensational India!

Sensational India!

From April 10, 2010 to April 11, 2010

Celebrate an unparalleled 200-year legacy of cultural exchange with India, the longest of its kind in America. Join us for Sensational India! as we honor that relationship and make connections between the rich Indian art and culture represented in our collection and India's remarkable performing arts (both traditional and contemporary) in its many exciting forms including visual art, dance, music and film. Ongoing art activities, gallery tours, storytelling and more.

Made possible by Samir and Nilima Desai; The Desai Family Foundation. Additional support provided by PATRONS Venkat and Pratima Srinivasan, Starent Networks and U.S. Trust; SUPPORTERS InteQ Corporation, Leader Mortgage Company and The Sharma Group/Merrill Lynch; and FRIENDS Evan K. Dangel Family Foundation.

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Sensational India! ›
Weekend Festival
Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 10:30am - 7:30pm

Join us for a weekend celebration inspired by the music, dance, art and cuisine of southeast Asia. Films, art activities, storytelling and more

ART ACTIVITIES
Rangoli (floor decorating) | 10 am–noon | Outside Main Museum Entrance (weather permitting). With Vidhya Kalyanaraman
Henna Decoration | 10 am–noon | Atrium.
Madhubani (folk) Painting | 11 am–4 pm | Atrium. With Sunanda Sahay
Rangoli | 1–3 pm | Atrium
Bangles | 1–4 pm | Atrium
Kite-making Workshop | 10:30–11:30 am & 1–2 pm | Art Studios. With Seaside Kites
Clay Lamps | 3–4:30 pm | Art Studios

PRESENTATION AND CLASS
Yoga in Philosophy and Practice | 10:30 am–noon | East India Marine Hall

Align your mind and body through the time-tested tradition of yogic contemplation and practice. All ages and levels welcome. Dress comfortably and bring your own yoga mat. Reservations by April 8.

 

STORYTELLING WITH SURABHI SHAH
Extraordinary Women from Popular Indian Stories | 11 am and 3 pm | Atrium

 

PRESENTATION
Textiles and Fashion | 11 am–noon | Morse Auditorium

Shelley Chhabra, a designer and bridal fashion consultant, talks about the sari's importance of India. She also discusses the history of the sari and relates it to other cultural forms such as the kimono. Reservations by April 8.

 

COOKING DEMONSTRATION
Simply Sweet Indian Desserts | 11 am–noon | Bartlett Gallery

Chef Shruti Mehta returns to PEM, this time to prepare an array of easy-to-make sweets you won't find in restaurants — Shreekhand (yogurt fat mixed with sugar, cardamom and nuts), Laapsi (bulger, sugar and clarified butter) and Falooda (a cold drink of rose syrup, boiled noodles and ice cream). Mehta demonstrates how to integrate fruits and dairy ingredients into Indian cuisine.

 

PERFORMANCE
Natya Dance Theatre | noon and 4 pm | Atrium

Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre presents excerpts of its signature work Shakti Chakra (The Cycle of Energy), a philosophical take on the cyclical nature of life through the classical medium of Bharatanatyam, and Margam (Path), a work that explores a soul’s journey in life as a friend, a young lover and a spiritual entity.

 

DEMONSTRATION
Style Yourself with Saris | 2–4 pm | Atrium

Designer Shelley Chhabra and her staff display various styles of saris and demonstrate a variety of draping techniques so you can try on one of the gowns and model it on our runway. See related presentation at 11 am.

 

DANCE WORKSHOP
Step Inside the Story | 1–1:45 pm | Atrium

Discover a contemporary approach to Bharatanatyam, the classical Indian dance style. Learn the warm-up sessions using yoga postures and basic rhythmic foot patterns along with hand gestures, eye movements and poses.


Natya in Conversation | 2:30–3:30 pm | Morse Auditorium

Join Susan Bean, curator of South Asian and Korean art, and Krithika Rajagopalan, principal dancer of Natya in a conversation that highlights thematic treatments of universal value through Bharatanatyam dance. Reservations by April 8.

 

FILM
Shakespeare Wallah | 5–7:15 pm | Morse Auditorium | 1965, 120 minutes, directed by James Ivory

As a troupe of English actors performs Shakespeare throughout India, we see the country evolve: Maharajas become hotel owners, sports  become more important than culture and the theater is replaced by Bollywood movies. Reservations by April 8. Director James Ivory presents a lecture on Sunday.

 

Programs subject to change.

Sensational India! ›
Weekend Festival
Sunday, April 11, 2010 from 10:30am - 6pm

Join us for a weekend celebration inspired by the music, dance, art and cuisine of southeast Asia. Films, art activities, storytelling and more!

ART ACTIVITIES
Rangoli (floor decorating) | 10 am–noon | Outside Main Museum Entrance (weather permitting). With Vidhya Kalyanaraman
Henna Decoration | 10 am–noon | Atrium.
Madhubani (folk) Painting | 11 am–4 pm | Atrium. With Sunanda Sahay
Rangoli | 1–3 pm | Atrium
Bangles | 1–4 pm | Atrium
Kite-making Workshop | 10:30–11:30 am & 1–2 pm | Art Studios. With Seaside Kites
Clay Lamps | 3–4:30 pm | Art Studios

 

PRESENTATION AND CLASS
Yoga in Philosophy and Practice | 10:30 am–noon | East India Marine Hall

Align your mind and body through the time-tested tradition of yogic contemplation and practice. All ages and levels welcome. Dress comfortably and bring your own yoga mat. Reservations by April 8.

 

STORYTELLING WITH SURABHI SHAH
Extraordinary Women from Popular Indian Stories | 11 am and 3 pm | Atrium

 

COOKING DEMONSTRATION
Simply Sweet Indian Desserts | 11 am–noon | Bartlett Gallery

Chef Shruti Mehta returns to PEM, this time to prepare an array of easy-to-make sweets you won't find in restaurants — Shreekhand (yogurt fat mixed with sugar, cardamom and nuts), Laapsi (bulger, sugar and clarified butter) and Falooda (a cold drink of rose syrup, boiled noodles and ice cream). Mehta demonstrates how to integrate fruits and dairy ingredients into Indian cuisine.

 

PERFORMANCE
Natya Dance Theatre | 1:30 and 4 pm | Atrium

Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre presents excerpts of its signature work Shakti Chakra (The Cycle of Energy), a philosophical take on the cyclical nature of life through the classical medium of Bharatanatyam, and Margam (Path), a work that explores a soul’s journey in life as a friend, a young lover and a spiritual entity.

 

DEMONSTRATION
Style Yourself with Saris | 12–4 pm | Atrium

Designer Shelley Chhabra and her staff display various styles of saris and demonstrate a variety of draping techniques so you can try on one of the gowns and model it on our runway. See related presentation at 11 am.

 

FILMS
The Sword and the Flute | Noon–12:30 pm | Morse Auditorium | 1959, 20 minutes, directed by James Ivory

This short documentary traces the history of Indian miniature painting after the Moghul invasion as it develops into two principal schools, the Moghul (Muslim) and the Rajput (Hindu). Director James Ivory is fascinated by the faces of these figures, the garments they wear and the sharply noted details of their surroundings. Accompanied by the music of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan. Reservations by April 8.


Autobiography of a Princess | 12:30–1:30 pm | Morse Auditorium | 1975, 59 minutes, directed by James Ivory

An Indian princess long divorced and living in London invites her father's ex-tutor to a tea party to celebrate a happier past. While the princess remembers a fun-filled world dominated by her dazzling father, the tutor recalls the surfeit and brutality of ceremonial occasions, and the princess' father as manipulative and cruel. The princess is played by Madhur Jaffrey, who at last year's Sensational India! festival talked about her life as an actress and author. Reservations by April 8.

 

PARKER LECTURE
Filmmaker James Ivory | 2:30–4 pm | Morse Auditorium
THIS LECTURE IS FULL

Join six-time Academy Award-winning film director James Ivory in conversation about his illustrious career and history with Merchant Ivory Productions. Ivory is the director of Shakespeare Wallah, Bombay Talkie, Autobiography of a Princess, The Mystic Masseur, Heat and Dust and In Custody. His films reveal an intimate and complex connection with India through the lens of colonial and post-colonial times. At PEM, the master filmmaker talks about his creative collaborations with producer Ismail Merchant and screen writer Ruth Pawar Jhabvala and his most recent film, The City of Final Destination. Reservations by April 8.Made possible by the George Swinnerton Parker Memorial Lecture Fund.

 

CONCERT
Music from the Chamber Opera
Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen | 5–6 pm | Morse Auditorium

Enjoy a premiere performance of selections from the forthcoming chamber opera production, Phoolan Devi – The Bandit Queen. This dramatic work by Shirish Korde illuminates the life of Phoolan Devi, a controversial figure whose turbulent biography exemplifies the violent tension between traditional values and modern notions of social justice. Influenced by Indian classical, folk, and popular music, this concert will feature performances by Zorana Sadiq (soprano), Jan Muller Szerawa (cello), Aditya Kalyanpur (tabla) and Chirag Katty (sitar). Reservations suggested, Space is limited; reserve early.


Reserved tickets should be picked up at the will-call box at least 30 minutes before an event. For sold-out programs, PEM reserves the right to release unclaimed tickets five minutes prior to the start time.

 

Programs subject to change