Special Events, For Kids & Families, Weekend Festivals

Sensational India!

Included with museum admission

Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10am - 5pm

For reservations call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011

Location: Peabody Essex Museum

Sensational India!

Celebrate the creativity and dynamism of contemporary India during this annual weekend-long festival. We'll present pioneering artists, electrifying performances, provocative ideas and creative family-friendly experiences. Inspired by the modern and contemporary Indian art in Midnight to the Boom, explore today's India through dance, food, musical performances, visual art and storytelling.

Made possible in part by Samir and Nilima Desai; The Desai Family Foundation, TAJ Boston, Not Just Another Hotel, Sawhney Family Foundation and Gennari Aronson LLP.


Collaborative Art Project

Center Stage Backdrop | 10 am-4 pm | Atrium

Work with visual artist Adrian Galvin in a hands-on art making experience to create the backdrop that will be used in Sunday's dance performance by Dakshina.


Cooking Demonstration for Adults

The Healing Value of Indian Spices | 11 am-noon | Bartlett Gallery



Drop-in Art Activity

Painting with Pigment | 11 am-3 pm | Atrium
For families with children ages 3 and up

Make your own colorful artwork inspired by Midnight to the Boom using dry pigments and water.


Story Time

Elephant Dance | 11:30 am-noon | meet at information desk

Join Ravi as he experiences his grandfather's captivating stories about India in Elephant Dance, by Theresa Heiner and illustrator Sheila Moxley.


Artist Talk

Raghava KK

Raghava KK | 1-2 pm | Morse Auditorium

For adults | Reservations by April 4

Raghava KK presents his journey as an artist and conclude by showcasing his latest art project, a brainwave installation.



Dakshina Dance Co

Dakshina Dance Company | Noon-12:45 pm and 2:30-3:15 pm | Atrium

Dakshina presents Vasanth, a retelling of the Indian myth that describes the return of spring to earth after years of desolation.


Art Workshop

Shadows that Misbehave | 2:30-4:30 pm, | Bartlett Gallery

For families with children ages 8 and up
Space limited; reservations by April 2

Raghava KK teaches students how to express themselves with confidence by giving emotion and personality to their own cartoon creations.

Tickets will be available at the door - first come, first served. 



Lakha Khan
Lakha Khan | 3:30-4:45 pm | East India Marine Hall

Come hear Lakha Khan, one of the last remaining  sarangi players among the Manganiyars, a caste of Muslim musicians who live in the desert state of Rajasthan in Western India.


Dance Party

Sensational Bollywood | 9 pm-midnight | Atrium

(doors open at 8:45 pm), cash bar, 21+
Reservations by April 3
Members $15, nonmembers $20

A Limited Number of Tickets will be Available for Sale at the Door - first come, first served.   


Sensational India! is a 2 day Weekend Festival happening Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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