Special Events, For Kids & Families, Weekend Festivals

Sensational India! Continues

Included with museum admission

Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 10am - 5pm

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

Location: Peabody Essex Museum

Sensational India! Continues

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.


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.



Dakshina Dance Co
Dakshina Dance Company | Noon-12:45 pm and 4-4:45 pm | Atrium



The Eternal Essence of Music | 1-2 pm, Morse Auditorium
Reservations by April 4

Ankur Malhotra, a founder of Amarrass Records, discusses the role folk music plays in shaping the Indian ethos and challenges faced by traditional folk musicians.

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



Anand Giridharadas
India Calling: A Writer's Reflections on a Culture in Transition
2:30-3:45 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by April 4

New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas discusses the emerging prominence of India in the global sector and his book, India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking.

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



Lakha Khan
Lakha Khan | 2:30-3:45 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.



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